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  • CHILDREN OF WAR
    ATFAL AL HARB
    (CHILDREN OF WAR)
    Programme Muhr Arab Short and Iraqi Legacy: Children of Future
    Genre Animation, Drama, Family and War
    Directed by Meedo Ali _____ Medoo Ali (born 1991) has worked on several films with Iraqi director Mohamed Al-Daradji. He has also directed XXX, screening as part of this section.

    In an Iraqi orphanage, a young victim of the war expresses his anguish through a series of drawings. His childlike mind contorts the events, but enabl...

  • FATIMA
    Programme Cinema for Children
    Genre Comedy and Drama
    Directed by Naima Mohamud _____ Naima Mohamud (born 1987, Somalia) studied film-making at the London Metropolitan University and at USC in Los Angeles. Her short films include 14E (2011) and the upcoming BREAKING THE CYCLE (2013), produced by Ada Solomon (CHILD'S POSE).

    Nine-year-old Fatima overhears her parents talking about divorce. Milla, her best friend, finds out about Fatima’s fears and comes up with a great pla...

  • MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM
    Programme Cinema of Asia Africa
    Genre Biography, Drama and Historical
    Directed by Justin Chadwick _____ Justin Chadwick is an award-winning British film-maker whose films include THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL (2008) and the critically-acclaimed THE FIRST GRADER (2010), starring Naomie Harris. He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for his TV mini-series Bleak House, which was also nominated for two Golden Globes and was the Best Drama Serial winner in the British Academy Television Awards. Chadwick started his career in the entertainment industry as a child actor, making his screen debut in Hanif Kureishi’s LONDON KILLS ME (1991).

    MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM is a celebration of Nelson Mandela’s extraordinary journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his election...

  • SLIMANE
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Jose A. Alayón _____ Jose A. Alayón (born 1980, Spain) is the founder of the production company El Viaje Producciones. He has written for and directed documentaries, feature films and commercials. In 2009, he founded the Film Studies Centre of the Canary Islands (CECAN), where he teaches film-making. <br />

    SLIMANE is a dark and innovative documentary-style drama, which follows a group of young Arab immigrants in Spain – all first-time actors – who face t...

  • CHALLAT OF TUNIS
    CHALLAT TUNES
    (CHALLAT OF TUNIS)
    Programme Muhr Arab Feature
    Genre Social
    Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania _____ Paris-based Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania has directed ME, MY SISTER AND THE THING (2006/short) and IMAMS GO TO SCHOOL (doc.) screened at DIFF 2010.

    It’s summer 2003 in Tunisia. A man on a moped prowls the streets of Tunis, with a razor blade in hand. Known as Challat, he is on a personal mission:...

  • LADDER TO DAMASCUS
    SOULLAM ILA DIMASHK
    (LADDER TO DAMASCUS)
    Programme Muhr Arab Feature
    Genre Drama and Romance
    Directed by Mohamed Malas _____ Mohamed Malas (born 1945) is a pioneering independent Syrian film-maker. He was raised during several conflicts, which influenced the themes of his works. His award-winning films focus on issues related to personal freedom and oppression. Some of his works include DREAMS OF A CITY (1983), THE NIGHT(1992) and PASSION (2005). <br />

    Ghalia is possessed by Zeina’s spirit. Haunted by the life of a girl, who drowned the day she was born, Ghalia travels to Damascus, where she studies ...

  • PILLOW SECRETS
    SARIROU AL ASSRAR
    (PILLOW SECRETS)
    Programme Muhr Arab Feature
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Jillali Ferhati _____ Jillali Ferhati (born 1947) is a Moroccan film-maker. He made his directing debut with A BREACH IN THE WALL (1978) followed by POUPEES DE ROSEAU (1982), LA PLAGE DES ENFANTS PERDUS (1991), TRESSES (2000), MEMOIRE EN DETENTION (2004), DES L’AUBE (2010) and SECRETS D’OREILLER (2013).

    When she recognises the body of the woman who was her mother, a young woman is drawn violently back to her past. She lived in the ‘Big House’ with her...

  • NESMA'S BIRDS
    TOYOUR NASMA
    (NESMA'S BIRDS)
    Programme Iraqi Legacy: Children of Future
    Genre Drama, Family and Social
    Directed by Najwan Ali _____ Najwan Ali (born 1989, Iraq) has worked as part of Iraqi 35mm short film workshops. She previously directed CRITICAL DAYS and BOOK OF LOVE. <br /> , Meedo Ali _____ Medoo Ali (born 1991) has worked on several films with Iraqi director Mohamed Al-Daradji. He has also directed XXX, screening as part of this section.

    Nesma is an awkward 11-year-old, who has been at odds with the world around her since her mother forced her to get rid of her father’s pigeons, which ...

  • THE PROOF
    LA PREUVE
    (THE PROOF)
    Programme Muhr Arab Feature
    Genre Drama
    Directed by Amor Hakkar _____ Amor Hakkar is an Algerian director and writer. His filmography includes A FEW DAYS OF RESPITE (2010) and THE YELLOW HOUSE (Muhr Arab Feature, DIFF 2007). Hakkar has written the scripts for films such as FOUL WEATHER FOR A HOOLIGAN (1992) and A PRESENT FOR MOUSSA (2011).

    Ali, a taxi driver in Algeria, and his wife, Houria, are unable to have children. When he travels to another city to test his fertility, he is accused...

  • CONCEALMENT
    Programme Muhr Emirati
    Genre Fantasy, Experimental and Video Art
    Directed by Muna Al Ali _____ Muna Al Ali is an artist and writer, whose films include REWIND (2010) and DURBEEN (Special Jury Prize at DIFF 2012). Al Ali’s first book is Mirror.

    Forces beyond our control affect all of us; the severity of the impact determines how we deal with our troubles. CONCEALMENT looks at how one boy stru...

  • THE SHEBABS OF YARMOUK
    LES CHEBABS DE YARMOUK
    (THE SHEBABS OF YARMOUK)
    Programme Arabian Nights
    Genre Documentary
    Directed by Axel Salvatori-Sinz _____ Axel Salvatori-Sinz (born 1982) grew up in the suburbs of Lyon, France. He has directed several films for the French Embassy while in Salvador. THE SHEBABS OF YARMOUK is his first feature-length documentary. It won the Regard Neuf for Best First Film at Visions du réel 2013 and the RTP Award for Best Investigation Film at Doclisboa 2013. He has finished writing the script for his next film, CHJAMI È RISPONDI.

    The Shebabs are a group of teenagers, who have known each other since they were boys and girls. Now on the eve of adulthood, they are faced with tough...

  • GUARDIANS OF TIME LOST
    Programme Muhr Arab Documentary
    Genre
    Directed by Diala Kachmar _____ Diala Kachmar (born 1979) is a Lebanese film-maker and actress. She has a BA in Dramatic Arts from the Lebanese University. Kachmar has played the lead role in numerous films and plays and since 2005, she has worked intensively as a screenwriter and director of documentary films.

    Between commitment and chaos, between courage and fear, between ideology and deviation and between chivalry and violence lies the street. They are a g...

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