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The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy
Director: Oualid Mouaness
This coming-of-age parable examines the fragility of fraternal trust and brings into focus the ethics of seemingly innocuous violence and its repercussions.
It features a beautifully filmed cautionary tale about violence and how it can spiral out of control even with the best of intentions. The film toured more than 20 international film festival including the Cannes Film Festival.
The film was shortlisted for the 89th Academy Awards’ Best Live-Action Short Film category.
2016/ Lebanon19 MIN/ Drama
Original Title
Al Gafat, Al Wawy, Al Za’ib w Al Walad
The Rifle, The Jackal, The Wolf And The Boy is a parable that considers the ethics of seemingly innocuous violence in a warning against the perils of telling lies, misjudging enemies and engaging in actions that perpetuate the cycle of violence.
Fidel Badran
Jad Badran
Layal Ghanem
Ali Mneimneh
Screenwriter: Oualid Mouaness
DOP: Elsy Hajjar
Editor: Jad Dani Ali Hassan
Production Company(ies)
Tricycle Logic
Jinana Chaaya
Oualid Mouaness
Cannes Film Festival - Short Films Corner, France
International Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier - CINEMED
Arab Film Festival, USA
Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt
Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexico
Cinephilia Filmmakers to Watch- Cinema Akil and Alserkal Avenue, UAE
LatinArab Film Festival, Argentina
Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanon
International Adana Film Festival, Turkey
Tangier Film Festival, Morocco
West Chester Film Festival, USA
Ajyal Youth Film Festival, Qatar
Baghdad International Film Festival (BIFF), Iraq
Psarokokalo International Short Film Festival, Greece
Tehran International Film Festival, Iran
Twister Alley Film Festival, USA
Zinebi - Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Film, Spain
Gijón International Film Festival, Spain
Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, Brazil
Middle East Now Film Festival, Italy
Arab American Museum in the USA
Istanbul International Short Film Festival, Turkey
Nasu Short Film Festival, Japan
Bueu International Short Film Festival, Spain
Curta Cinema – Rio International Short Film Festival, Brazil
Jury Award at the Short To The Point International Short Film Festival
“Watch The Rifle, The Jackal, The Wolf And The Boy to find out what awaits the family the next day! Enjoy in the rarely captured picturesque location of Baskinta and a story that might become a parable you might want to recite to your children, or perhaps, add to your own.” Indie Shorts Mag - Nimisha Menon

“It’s beautifully filmed and feels organic and raw.” Awards Daily- Sasha Stone