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Mare Nostrum
Director: Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf
The film toured more than 30 film festival around the world, receiving several awards.
The film received support from many film organizations such as ARTE France, The Prince Claus Fund, the British Council, CNC, Ile-de-France Film Fund, in collaboration with Ma3mal 612 Productions.
2016/ France - Syria - Jordan13 MIN/ Drama
A taut thriller about a Syrian father’s decision on the shore of the Mediterranean that could endanger his daughter’s life.
Ziad Bakri
Zayn Khalaf
Screenwriter: Rana Kazkaz
DOP: Eric Devin
Editor: Monique Dartonne
Production Company(ies)
Georges Films
Syneastes Films
in association with Philistine Films
Raphael Alexandre
Nicolas Leprêtre
Anas Khalaf
Dubai International Film Festival, UAE
Sundance Film Festival, USA
Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland
Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Montpellier (CINEMED), France
Sharm El-Sheikh Arab and European Film Festival, Egypt
Green Mountain Film Festival, USA
Arab Film Festival (ALFILM), Germany
Shubbak Festival, UK
Odense International Film Festival, Denmark
Georgetown University Film Festival, USA
Rincon International Film Festival, Puerto Rico
Underexposed Film Festival, USA
Beirut Cinema Days, Lebanon
Karama Beirut Film Festival, Lebanon
Twister Alley Film Festival, USA
Psarokokalo Festival, Greece
Ajyal Youth Film Festival, Qatar
Batroun Mediterranean Film Festival (BMFF), Lebanon
Traverse City Film Festival, USA
Madrid International Film Festival, Spain
Pluk de Nacht Open Air Festival, Netherlands
Molise Cinema Festival, Italy
Mediterranean Short Film Festival of Tangier, Morocco
Carthage Film Festival (JCC), Tunisia
Haifa Independent Film Festival, Palestine
Best Short Film at the BBC Arabic Festival, UK
Grand Prix at the Rencontres du Cinéma Européen – Association Cinécran, France
Diploma of Merit at the Tampere Film Festival, Finland
Jury award at the Festival de Cinéma Traversées, France
Clap d’Argent and Prix du Collège de l’image at the Clap 89, France
Special Mention at the Festival Internacional de Cine, Spain
Best International Short Award at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Australia
Youth Award at the Festival International du Film Arabe de Murcia, Spain
Best Short NYU Florence Award at the Middle East Now Film Festival, Italy
Best Foreign Film award at the Windy City Film Festival, USA
Special Jury Mention at the Festival du film en plein air de Grenoble, France
Honorary Mention by the Jury at the Franco Arab Film Festival, Jordan
Best short film Generator +18 at the Giffoni Experience Film Festival, Italy
Karama Feather Award for Best Short Film at the Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Jordan
“In Mare Nostrum, silence plays a pivotal role; the high-quality cinematography and the plot are very powerful, making it a captivating silent movie.” Ahram Online - Lina El Wardani

"Extremely accomplished cinematically, a very touching story about a harsh reality." BBC Arabic Festival - Nadine Toukan, Film Producer and BBC Arabic Festival Judge
"Shocking and extraordinarily powerful." BBC Arabic Festival - Tarek Kafala, Head of Languages at BBC and BBC Arabic Festival Judge