Abdullah and Leilah

Director: Ashtar Al Khirsan
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The film received grants from The Wellcome Trust, North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) and BFI Film Fund.
The film had an extensive tour across the Arab and international festivals.
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2017/ UK - Iraq19 min/ Drama
Original Title
Abdullah w Leilah
Haunted by memories of his childhood in Baghdad, Abdullah suffers from dementia and struggles to communicate with his British-born daughter, Leilah. As his mind wavers between his past and his unfamiliar present, he no longer remembers the life he has lived in London for the past 60 years or the fluent English he has spoken. Leilah, who only speaks English, needs one last moment of connection with her father before she also fades from his memory.
Sami Abdulhameed
Houda Echoufani
Screenwriter: Ashtar Al Khirsan
DOP: Vladimir Trivic
Editor: Tracy Granger
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Production Company(ies)
Resource Productions
Dominique Unsworth
film festivals
El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt
Created Out of Mind Short Film Festival, UK
Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), USA
Encounters Film Festival, UK
Shubbak Festival, UK
European Psychoanalytic Film Festival (epff), UK
Toronto Arab Film, Canada
Karama Human Rights Film Festival, Jordan
Roving Eye Film Festival, Rhode Island