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A program dedicated to filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of storytelling. Odd, thought-provoking, beautiful and sometimes funny, these unique films are sure to invoke feeling and inspire creativity.

This program includes the following films:

The Sailor (United States) dir. Lily Ekimian & Ahmed T. Ragheb

Musing in the Desert (Kuwait) dir. Maysaa Almumin

Moonscape (Palestine) dir. Mona Rouhana Benyamin

Clench My Fists (United States) dir. Sarah Trad

Jasminum (Lebanon) dir. Lara Rassoul

Egg Rebelled (Saudi Arabia) dir. Sultran Rabea

Co-presented by SF Urban Film Fest 

An Egyptian living and working in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, reflects on his new surroundings through a series of images and observations. The resulting montage is a poignant cinematic postcard that explores the contradictory nature of the immigrant experience: at once lonely, frightening, and exhilarating.

The Sailor is truly an international production and an example of how to safely create a film during a pandemic. The writing and filming took place in Pittsburgh, the music composed and performed in Chicago, and both the translation and voice-over acting done in Cairo, Egypt.

About the filmmakers:

Lily Ekimian & Ahmed T. Ragheb are independent filmmakers based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ekimian – part American, part Russian – is originally from Washington, D.C., and Ragheb – Egyptian, Dutch, and American – is originally from Cairo, Egypt; they met while both attending school in Cairo. Together they co-founded and run The Pittsburgher, an online arts and culture magazine, and a film production platform, Dog Door Films. Ekimian & Ragheb have recently completed their feature debut, Portrait, an experimental documentary. They have produced and directed ] music videos for Daniel Knox and The Handsome Family, as well as a series of short films. Their work deals heavily with the concepts of identity and place, with a special emphasis on feminism, cultural dislocation, and domestic relationships.

Co-presented by

  • Year
  • Runtime
    10 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States, Egypt
  • Director
    Lily Ekimian, Ahmed T. Ragheb
  • Screenwriter
    Lily Ekimian, Ahmed T. Ragheb
  • Producer
    Lily Ekimian, Ahmed T. Ragheb, Lara Ragheb
  • Cast
    Nour El Din Sherif
  • Composer
    Daniel Knox, Nick Jones