Give Up the Ghost

Director: Zain Duraie
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The film discusses the stifling traditions of marriage and procreation and how women can have a say in their futures.
Winner of El Gouna Star for Best Arab Short Film at the El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt.
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2019/ Jordan - Sweden - Germany15 min/ Drama
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Salam’s dream of becoming a mother shatters when she finds out that she is unable to have children with her husband. A lifetime of convictions and beliefs are put to the test as Salam realizes she must make a choice.
Maria Zreik
Ziad Bakri
Nibal Al Awadi
Amin Safi
Screenwriter: Zain Duraie
DOP: Benoit Chamaillard
Editor: Abdallah Sada
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Production Company(ies)
Alaa Al Asad
Boris Despodov
Ossama Bawardi
Annemarie Jacir
film festivals
Alexandria Short Film Festival, Egypt
El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt
Venice International Film Festival, Italy
Sudan Independent Film Festival, Sudan
Festival International du Cinema D'Auteur de Rabat (FICAR), Morocco
Malmo Film Festival (MAFF), Sweden
Festival Cinéma de la Paix, Tunis
Palm Springs International ShortFest, USA
Haifa Independent Film Festival, Palestine
film awards
El Gouna Star for Best Arab Short Film at the El Gouna Film Festival, Egypt
Special Mention at the Malmo Film Festival (MAFF), Sweden
Jury Award-Best Actress for Maria Zreik at the Indian World Film Festival, India
Vimeo Staff Pick Award at the Palm Springs International ShortFest, USA
"Duraie chooses pathos over misery in a quite linear narrative, based on few dialogues and strong visuals by Benoit Chamaillard who puts Salam in focus through the semi-profile close-ups that keep her emotional suit half-protected." Marina D. Richter - Ubiquarian