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Inspired by true events, The Falconer is about two best friends, Tariq, the song of a poor beekeeper, and Cai, a privileged Westerner with a passion for endangered animals. They work together at a dilapidated zoo in Oman, blissfully separated from many of the troubles of the outside world. Their care-free friendship is challenged when Tariq promises to help his sister, Alia, escape from an abusive marriage. Cai’s worldview is pitted against Tariq’s daring plan to steal animals from the zoo and sell them to help empower Alia to leave her marriage. They are forced to wrestle with morally complex choices that reveal the vast distance between their worlds.

Programmer Notes:

From its first moment I could see there was something special and somewhat mystical about this film. It's gorgeous, original, fascinating, profound, suspenseful, authentic, beautifully written and performed, and the music is fabulous. I could go on and on...

About the Director:

Seanne Winslow makes movies that entertain, enchant, and inspire. Before co-writing/co-directing The Falconer, she executive produced The Lego Movie. Seanne is currently writing a TV show for a major studio, a script for Netflix, and preparing to direct Ilona, which is inspired by her childhood in a German castle.

Adam Sjoberg is a multi-faceted filmmaker and commercial director with a passion for telling stories that bridge the gap between popular culture and pressing global issues. His work has taken him to over fifty countries and led to collaborations with Nas, 21 Savage, Bono, Bas, Kanye West, and Troy Polamalu, as well as brands like Warby Parker, Mini Cooper, and Apple. His films include The Falconer, I Am Sun Mu, Shake the Dust, and the forthcoming Songs of a Lost Island.

  • Runtime
    100 minutes
  • Director
    Seanne Winslow, Adam Sjoberg