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Short Film Bundle
Collective Care

Collective Care looks at the importance of community and mutual aid within the MENA/SWANA region and celebrates these practices as a tool of resisting oppressive forces that damage individuals and the environment.

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Short Film Bundle
Generations

Generations is a bundle that deepens our understanding of home, lineage and family for communities within the MENA/SWANA region and its diaspora. From horror films to archival documentaries, these films discuss intergenerational trauma, the tension between ‘here’ and ‘there’ and how land follows us wherever we go.

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Short Film Bundle
Futurisms

Futurisms uses aesthetics of computer animation, technofeminism and Arab futurism to imagine futures beyond the damages of capitalism, patriarchy, racism and homophobia.

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Short Film Bundle
Geographies

Geographies explores our direct relationship to nature and how our survival is deeply interconnected with the land. These films discuss how climate change impacts our relationships to both natural and human made spaces, and the creatures we share them with.

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Short Film Bundle
Systems of Power

Systems of Power investigates the local consequences of global power structures within the MENA/SWANA region. Through experimental and narrative form, these films reflect on the impacts of imperialism, colonialism, capitalism and patriarchy in everyday life.

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Short Film Bundle
Constellations

Constellations is a mix of local Vancouver-based and Canadian talents. As constellations change relative to where you stand, these shorts are a unique accumulation of our specific place and time.

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A Winner
Iran
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
20
 mins
Maryam is on the verge of a divorce when she realizes she's pregnant and cannot go through with it until the baby is born.
Systems of Power
All Films
A'lam
Palestine
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
25
 mins
Nassim visits his best friend May, before she moves to the United States. They spend their last night together in Jerusalem. The events of the night bring to surface the complexity of their friendship.
Collective Care
All Films
And I Was Left Behind
Kuwait
Documentary
 | 
Short
 | 
7
 mins
When I was a child, my grandmother would tell me stories of longing and loss of relatives during desert travels and sea voyages. Now I am an adult her words finally make sense to me.
Generations
All Films
Beyond Exile
Ireland
Palestine
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
25
 mins
The Israeli invasion on Gaza in May 2021 has left Nadine, a Palestinian graduate based in Ireland, feeling distressed after losing all means of communication with her family back home.
Generations
All Films
Birds Fly Home
Jordan
United States
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
16
 mins
When a young Arab-American woman returns to the United States after a year of attending college in Amman, Jordan, her American mother is shocked to learn that she has converted to Islam.
Generations
All Films
Broken Mirrors
Morocco
France
Documentary
 | 
Feature
 | 
118
 mins
Broken Mirrors uses the choreographic piece "TELLES QUELLES / TELS QUELS" to express the point of view of today's Moroccan youth to the world.
All Films
By the Sea
Palestine
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
12
 mins
Struggling with both the occupation and the pandemic, a woman left alone with her son insists on having a semblance of normalcy by baking a cake to mark a special occasion.
Collective Care
All Films
Childfree
Iran
Documentary
 | 
Short
 | 
35
 mins
This documentary represents the concern of Sara and those who have the same opinion about having children in this era of Iran.
Futurisms
All Films
Cracked
Türkiye
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
5
 mins
A little girl lives in a village with her mother where water sources are dwindling by the day. Drought effects her imagination, even her doodles and drawings.
Futurisms
All Films
Dead as a Dodo
Sudan
Documentary
 | 
Short
 | 
5
 mins
Dead As A Dodo lays bare the settler colonial mythology at the heart of the popular narrative of the Dodo’s extinction.
Geographies
All Films
Decades: Chaos Theory
Canada
Iran
Documentary
 | 
Short
 | 
6
 mins
In this poetic documentary, we meet characters in the pursuit of meaning, smoothly dissolving between different phases in life—a constructed tapestries of human behaviour in the depth of crisis.
Constellations
All Films
Dog
Iran
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
8
 mins
A mullah takes a trip in the desert and is faced with a dog which he considers unclean.
Geographies
All Films
Echolocation
United States
Experimental
 | 
Short
 | 
9
 mins
Oscillating between recorded voice messages and stacked photographs, Echolocation is a layered experiment exploring existence in the aftermath of change.
Generations
All Films
Faya Dayi
United States
Qatar
Ethiopia
Documentary
 | 
Feature
 | 
118
 mins
Faya Dayi is a spiritual journey into the highlands of Harar immersed in the rituals of khat, a leaf that Sufi Muslims chewed for religious meditations – and Ethiopia’s most lucrative cash crop today.
All Films
Flee
Denmark
France
Norway
Sweden
Animation
 | 
Feature
 | 
90
 mins
Flee tells the story of Amin Nawabi as he grapples with a painful secret he has kept hidden for 20 years, one that threatens to derail the life he has built for himself and his soon to be husband.
All Films
Foragers
Palestine
Documentary
 | 
Feature
 | 
65
 mins
Foragers moves between documentary and action to depict the dramas between the Israeli Nature Protection Authority and Palestinian foragers.
All Films
Gladiolus
Iran
United States
Documentary
 | 
Short
 | 
5
 mins
An ode to a flower that once enjoyed prominence in Iranian culture, Gladiolus tells the story of its ubiquitous role in life’s important ceremonies and how it became a victim of its own popularity.
Geographies
All Films
I Am Not Racist, I Have a Black Friend
Canada
Documentary
 | 
Short
 | 
13
 mins
Young people of colour who grew up in predominantly white social circles reveal what it is like to embody the mythical figure of the «black friend».
Futurisms
All Films
Ibn El Ballad
Canada
Qatar
Jordan
Lebanon
Comedy
 | 
Short
 | 
12
 mins
After feeling like a stranger in his own country, Firas, a nine-year-old Jordanian-Lebanese boy, goes to extreme lengths to finally fit in.
Generations
All Films
It Gets Darker
Lebanon
Horror
 | 
Short
 | 
23
 mins
After feeling like a stranger in his own country, Firas, a nine-year-old Jordanian-Lebanese boy, goes to extreme lengths to finally fit in.
Futurisms
All Films
Khtobtogone
France
Documentary
 | 
Short
 | 
16
 mins
Khtobtogone depicts the emotional roller-coasters of politics infused in Zine’s daily life, as a young French working-class man from the Maghrebi diaspora.
Futurisms
All Films
La Piscine
Tunisia
Experimental
 | 
Short
 | 
6
 mins
An afternoon of play under the sun in the greatest pool of all, the Mediterranean.
Geographies
All Films
Montréal Girls
Canada
Drama
 | 
Feature
 | 
94
 mins
Ramy, a young Middle Eastern student who is off to Montréal to study medicine. There he meets his wild cousin Tamer who introduces him to the city's vibrant underground subcultures and thrilling nightlife.
All Films
Mummy Blue
United Kingdom
Lebanon
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
11
 mins
Dina is caged in a claustrophobic London flat, torn between caring for her reeling mother, and escaping to a better life. Incapable of choosing, Dina loses sight of what’s real and what’s fantasy.
Generations
All Films
My Father's Name
Canada
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
12
 mins
A young man struggles to navigate the troubled relationship with his estranged father, and his father's other family.
Constellations
All Films
Nour Shams
Saudi Arabia
United States
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
26
 mins
When Shams’ only son enters a hip-hop competition, her vision of their future is turned upside down.
Collective Care
All Films
Osha
United Arab Emirates
Documentary
 | 
Short
 | 
15
 mins
A mother (Aysha) and daughter (Osha) travel through the desert hunting with falcons, the traditional Emirati method that has been passed down through the generations.
Futurisms
All Films
Red Fire
Iran
Animation
 | 
Short
 | 
11
 mins
In such an era that Darkness has shadowed the world, a flock of Red birds are looking for the "Red Fire" that according to an old myth is supposed to be the end of Darkness. But where is such fire?
Generations
All Films
Return
Germany
Syria
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
17
 mins
Husam is on a 24 hour leave from the front to visit his family. A lump sits in his throat, while he is having breakfast with his mother: He wants to tell her how he really feels, that he is afraid of death.
Systems of Power
All Films
Road to EI Kef
Tunisia
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
30
 mins
With his mother and brother gone, a vulnerable teenager living in northern Tunisia charts a path that threatens to tear apart what remains of his family.
Systems of Power
All Films
Snow and the Bear
Türkiye
Germany
Serbia
Drama
 | 
Feature
 | 
93
 mins
A young nurse begins a new assignment at a wintry, remote village when a man goes missing.
All Films
Split Ends
Iran
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
14
 mins
A bald girl and a long-haired boy try to solve their Hijab problems with the Tehran Morality Police.
Constellations
All Films
Tala'Vision
Germany
Jordan
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
27
 mins
Trapped in a war ridden reality, with the hope of one day playing in the neighborhood’s football field, 8 year old Tala finds solace and freedom in a forbidden television.
Collective Care
All Films
Tender Threads
Morocco
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
25
 mins
The routine of daily life between Radia and her mother generates an awful discomfort and becomes a major obstacle to Radia's emotional future and her relationship with her mother.
Collective Care
All Films
Terra dei padri
Italy
Libya
Documentary
 | 
Short
 | 
11
 mins
This Libyan poet Fadil Hasin Ash-Shalmani, deported to Favignana Island between 1913 and 1920, gave us a rare testimony of an often forgotten historical fact described by his verses.
Systems of Power
All Films
The Foreign Land
France
Algeria
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
19
 mins
Farida is back in her father’s native Algeria for the first me since she was a child. She discovers her grandmother’s house in the middle of the countryside. When the night comes, her sleep is disturbed by an intruder.
Generations
All Films
The Land
Lebanon
Documentary
 | 
Short
 | 
27
 mins
'The Land' documents the uprising of the people of Bisri and activists from all of Lebanon against the construction of the dangerous dam leading up to the Bisri Valley's liberation.
Geographies
All Films
The Pyramid
Egypt
Animation
 | 
Short
 | 
7
 mins
An ancient Egyptian tried to build an upside-down pyramid.
Futurisms
All Films
The Sky Oscillates Between Eternity and Its Immediate Consequences
Lebanon
Animation
 | 
Short
 | 
18
 mins
Two protagonists narrate how the control, isolation, and exploitation of time including environmental life cycles, seasons, and organisms’ lifetimes form the blueprint to achieve sustainable closed worlds.
Futurisms
All Films
The Stranger
Palestine
Drama
 | 
Feature
 | 
112
 mins
In the occupied Golan Heights, a desperate unlicensed doctor subverts his village's expectations when he accidentally encounters a wounded soldier from the war in Syria.
All Films
The Window
Lebanon
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
16
 mins
A year after Beirut’s port explosion, Basma and Mariam reunite in their old bedroom. Surrounded by a view of the port’s remains, the two attempt to resolve their shared trauma and broken relationship.
Generations
All Films
There Are Lights
United Kingdom
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
13
 mins
An Egyptian teenager in Whitby is fascinated with the story of Dracula as an escape from her overbearing father. On Halloween night, the two finally have to confront their differences.
Generations
All Films
Three Meters and a Few Centimeters
Iran
Documentary
 | 
Short
 | 
18
 mins
In an Iranian city, Coronavirus has caused many deaths. According to the obligations of the religion, someone must wash the virus-infected dead bodies by hand.
Geographies
All Films
Three Songs Without Z
United States
Documentary
 | 
Short
 | 
35
 mins
A suite of songs about a Syrian sculptor who carves stone, takes up arms, dances in the ruins of Homs, confesses on camera, and seeks official status.
Systems of Power
All Films
Visions of Basra
Iraq
Canada
Documentary
 | 
Short
 | 
5
 mins
And exploration of my mother’s fragmented memories of her homeland through her photographs, colours and words.
Generations
All Films
Voices and Locks
Türkiye
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
20
 mins
Will childhood memories be able to solve the property conflict problem of two childhood friends who have been apart for forty years?
Geographies
All Films
Warsha
France
Lebanon
Drama
 | 
Short
 | 
16
 mins
A Syrian migrant working as a crane operator in Beirut volunteers to cover a shift on one of the most dangerous cranes, where he is able to find his freedom.
Futurisms
All Films
When Beirut Was Beirut
Qatar
Lebanon
Animation
 | 
Short
 | 
12
 mins
If these buildings could talk, what would they say? In this animated documentary, three of Beirut’s monumental buildings come to life and share their stories of Beirut’s unsettling history.
Geographies
All Films
You Resemble Me
France
Egypt
Drama
 | 
Feature
 | 
90
 mins
Two sisters are abruptly separated, the eldest, Hasna, struggles to find her identity and place in the world.
All Films

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