DIRECTOR: ABDENOUR ZAHZAH ·ALGERIA ·2010 ·24 MIN ·ARABIC
This debut short film from director Abdenour Zahzah brilliantly captures the stirring Algerian countryside through a father-son road trip in a rundown van. Puppet show masters, the pair travels from village to village, spreading joy and laughs to the schoolchildren through their performances. Having previously directed documentaries in France and Algeria, Abdenour Zahzah makes the transition to fiction seem effortless in his first short film effort.
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It's Natural to be Afraid
DIRECTOR: JUSTIN DOHERTY ·UK ·2010 ·10 MIN ·ENGLISH
Mya is coming into this country. Sam is coming out of mourning. Ryan is coming into adulthood. Are any of them where they want to be? Challenged to regain his life following a period of deep mourning, Sam steps back into the world at exactly the same time Mya arrives in town from Israel. Their lives seem destined to just miss each other until a young man, unsure of his own place in the world, intervenes dramatically. –Courtesy Phoenix Film Festiva
Print Source: Baracoa Pictures, Justin Doherty, [email protected]
DIRECTOR: HALIMA OUARDIRI ·MOROCCO / CANADA ·2010 ·16 MIN ·TACHELHIT
Based on a true story, Mokhtartells the tale of a young Moroccan goatherder who finds a fallen owl and decides to keep it as a pet. The owl is a bad omen, and the boy begins to use it as a symbol of rebellion against his family.
Brotherhood, spirituality and the essence of religion are both celebrated and challenged in this work from Quebec’s Halima Ouardiri, winner of “most promising Canadian short “ at Vancouver Film Fest, 2010.
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Deep in the woods, cutting through the fog, a man walks in carrying a fishing bag. He arrives at the edge of a river. The man leisurely goes about setting up his fishing rods and starts fishing. Hours later, night has fallen on the quiet riverside. The man hasn’t caught much fish and just sits, waiting. Just then, something big is caught on the fishing rod. It’s not something he can put on his dinner plate but the body of a mysterious young woman in white funeral dress crying in a little girl’s voice, calling him “daddy”...
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