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SAFAR Futures Shorts Programme (15) + Screen Talk

SAFAR Film Festival

SAFAR Futures

Join the SAFAR Futures programmers for a screening of short films by emerging UK-based Arab filmmakers.

These short films, all directed by emerging UK based filmmakers, were selected through an open call and present a diversity of nationalities, identities, and language. In connection with this year’s festival theme “The Stories We Tell”, this year's programme is curated by Imane Lamime, Alaa Nouasri and Theo Panagopoulos, participants in SAFAR’s new mentorship scheme for early-career Arab film programmers.

This selection showcases the distinctive ways filmmakers are telling their own stories through different styles, ranging from science fiction and intimate documentaries, to animation and experimental filmmaking.
The screening is followed with a live ScreenTalk with the filmmakers.

Event running time is approximately 1hr 50 min

This screening has been locally classified


Walkout 1
A group of young people follow a prophecy to make a change after their city is caught in a cloud of sand. 
2022 Dir Reman Sadani 22 min
Go Home
A young Palestinian woman seeking asylum in the UK faces the indifference of British bureaucracy and the disillusionment of a Polish asylum officer.
2021 Dir Razan Madhoon 14 min
Please note, this film features instances of racism.
The story of a young woman stranded in Beirut during the abrupt start of the 2006 war, told through animation. 
2020 Dir Fatima Kried 3 min

The Season of Burning Things
Using archival footage, experimental sound, and familial interviews the project seeks to track and trace movement / migration between countries. 
2021 Dirs Gouled Ahmed and Asmaa Jama 9 min 

Finding it hard to reach out to clients, Carine, a real estate agent, spends her time in empty apartments that feed her sexually dissatisfied life (CN: Nudity).
2020 Dir Remi Itani 15 min
Please note, this film contains nudity. 
Born In Damascus
After ten years apart, a Scottish filmmaker tries to reconnect with her closest cousin through social media, facetime, and family videos.
2021 Dir Laura Wadha 15 min
A British woman and a Tunisian man connect through their art and creativity as they both deal with similar struggles despite their differences.
2021 Dira Ikram Ahmed and Ala Agrebi 16 min

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