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Jordanian short films



Date of Event: 31/01/2022

Time of Event: 19:00

Location of Event: The Rainbow Theater – Jabal Amman

Next week, join us to watch a collection of

Jordanian short films

Followed by a discussion with the filmmakers
7 PM at The Rainbow Theater – Jabal Amman

Free Entry
Seats are limited

Please bring your mask and keep social distancing
Entry is allowed for individuals who are fully vaccinated

Tuesday 25 January at 7 PM

Truce

Saleh Alkhataybeh, 29 minutes, Narrative, in Arabic with English subtitles, Jordan, 2020

In the presence of the producer Sa'ed Arouri
The power of destiny brings together two strangers, a car, and a donkey in the middle of the Jordan desert. The two men are totally from different worlds. Over a silly misunderstanding, they start a fight which turns to be a life or death situation, during their journey they struggle to stay human.

“Truce” has won several awards such as Best Short Film at Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, Sun Golden Olive Best Short Film at Jerusalem International Film Festival, Best Short Fiction Film at International Moving Film Festival, Best Thriller Short at Vesuvius International Monthly Film Festival, Best First Time Director and Best Foreign-Language Film of the Month at the Independent Shorts Awards in Los Angeles, Best Production, Best Cinematography and Best Trailer at INHAPIM CINE FESTIVAL, Best Editing at London Indie Short Festival, Best Jury Award at Movie Zone Film Festival and Best Arabic Film at World Independent Cinema Awards-Toronto.

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Geisha L.O.V.E.

Mike V. Derderian, 9 minutes, Animation, in Arabic with English subtitles, Jordan, 2021

In the presence of the director Mike V. Derderian

“Geisha L.O.V.E.” is a day in the life of a graffiti artist and her robot protector and companion set in 2155 Delphipolis, a futuristic city brought about by political upheavals and economic unrest. Geisha L.O.V.E. and Graffbot, are literally a tag team, who take up graffiti assignments that lead them to walls in dangerous places. This time painting a wall that pisses off the authorities will not be as easy. Geisha is a renegade graffiti artist in a dystopian world, where graffiti has become the only way to spread the word; and claim the city.

The film was screened at Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film in its second edition as well as London Short Film Festival 2022.

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TALA’VISION

Murad Abu Eisheh, 29 minutes, Narrative, in Arabic with English subtitles, Jordan/Germany, 2021

In the presence of the producer Jude Kawwa

Due to the threats of war, 8-year-old Tala is not allowed to go outside. Her only connection to the world is her television, which her father, Taher, throws out of the window adhering to the new TV ban.

Fear, silence and boredom overcome her, making life in their small apartment unbearable. She decides to steal a TV and hide it without anyone knowing about it. A small decision that will have implications that will change the course of her life forever.

TALA’VISION has been shortlisted to the Live Action Short Film category for the 94th Academy Awards being the only Arab movie in all categories to be shortlisted. The film has won the Golden Yusr Award for Short Film at the Red Sea International Film Festival. Earlier on, the film had received, among other awards, the Gold Medal for Best Narrative Film at the 48th Students Academy Awards in the Foreign Narrative Film section, marking the first Jordanian and Arab film to win in this category. The film’s World Premiere was at the 42nd Max Ophüls Preis Film Festival in Germany, where it received both the Audience and Jury Award for Best Medium Film. It has also won the 1st Prize for a Live Action Short Film at Flicker's Rhode Island International Film Festival, the New Comer Award for Best Camera at the German Camera Award as well as the Jury Award at the 61st Zlin Film Festival.


Monday 31 January at 7 PM

Falling Into the Summit

Aya Radi, 5 minutes, No dialogue, Animation, Jordan, 2020

In the presence of the director Aya Radi

The film discusses life away from home and how it can tempt us away from family and stability. Saleh, lives in his small hut with his mother, living off the apple tree next to his house. Yet, he always watched the city on the mountain and dreamt of visiting it. When the apple tree loses some of its yield, the city tempts him to leave his mother and his livelihood and head to the city.

The film was screened at Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film in its second edition, Ismailia International Film Festival, Happy Future Scripts Film Festival, 5th Chaniartoon 2021 - International Comic & Animation Festival, ANIMASYROS International Animation Festival, SAMA International Film Festival, African Women Mobile International Film Festival, Animae Caribe International Animation & Digital Media Festival.

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Why?

Mohammad Rahahleh, 5 minutes, Narrative in Arabic with English subtitles, Jordan, 2020

In the presence of the director Mohammad Rahahleh

A street sweeper, in his mid-twenties, is in charge of cleaning one of the city's most crowded downtown districts. He encounters several obstacles, problems as well as disrespectful and reckless behaviors, which impact his motivation to work. Unexpectedly, he receives help from a stranger.

The film has won Best Foreign Short Film Award at the 9th Long Beach International Film Festival and Best Sound Award at the 32nd Voiron International Film Festival. It participated in the competition of the 7th Hungarian Disability Film Festival- Budapest and Le Chouette Festival.

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Night

Ahmad Saleh, 16 minutes, Animation, in Arabic with English subtitles, Jordan/Germany/ Qatar/ Palestine, 2021

The dust of war keeps the eyes sleepless. Night brings peace and sleep to all the people in the broken town. Only the eyes of the mother of the missing child stay resilient. Night must trick her into sleeping to save her soul.

“Night” had its World Premiere at Locarno Film Festival. The film has won Best Animation at Karama Human Rights Film Festival, the Special Jury Award at Torino Film Festival, a Special Mention at Palestine Cinema Days and the Bronze Brick Award at Animax Skopje Fest. The film has participated in numerous film festivals including: El Gouna Film Festival, Ajyal Film Festival, Reel Palestine Film Festival, Tallinn Black Night Film Festival.

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Huda

May Al-Ghouti, 12 minutes, Narrative, in Arabic with English subtitles, Jordan, 2020

“Huda” is a short social commentary, set in Jordan, on the idea of getting married, no matter what. Huda, gets dressed for her wedding at home, helped by her sister, Mariam. Mariam notices bruises on Huda’s body and is horrified by the realization that Huda’s fiancé beats her. Mariam immediately wants to call everything off, but Huda is adamant about going ahead with the wedding.

The film has won the Black Iris Award for Best Arab Short Film at Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film in its first edition. It was also screened at World of Women (WOW) Film Fair and the Lebanese Independent Film Festival.

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Arnoos

Samer Z.M. Battikhi, 17 minutes, Narrative, in Arabic with English subtitles, Jordan, 2021

In the presence of the director Samer Z.M. Battikhi

During a normal day at a shopping square in Amman, Sami, a 15-year-old spoiled naive kid, and the street-smart hustler Mahmoud, a 15-year-old corn seller are ready to execute their plan to steal an unexpected gift that will impress Sami’s girlfriend, not knowing of the uncalculated twists that are coming their way from the shop owners.

“Arnoos” competed at El Gouna Film Festival and Carthage Film Festival in 2021.