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It grabbed global attention at film festivals worldwide, winning four awards.
Made by director Alyazia Bint Nahyan Al Nahyan who made the successful documentaries The Tainted Veil (producer) and Nanny Culture (writer).
Screened during Dubai’s Expo 2020 at the women's pavilion section.
The film takes viewers back to the time of Arabic poetry and the desert.
Athel Poster
2020/ UAE15 min/ Fantasy
Salma, a widely known presenter, is filming a poetry show about Tarfa, the pre-Islamic poet. With a sand storm disrupting the episode shoot and Salma’s son being lost for days, the presenter remains calm. Perhaps too calm, her mind distantly quiet, the loud crew then drives off forgetting her at the location. On her phone, busy talking, Salma is walking and something far from reality is about to occur.
Mansoor Alfeeli
Hala Shiha
Screenwriter: Sheikha Shamsa Bint Nahyan
DOP: Alessandro Martella
Editor: Mariam Jumai
Humam Ghazal
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Production Company(ies)
Anasy Media Productions
Toaster Productions
Alyazia Bint Nahyan Al Nahyan
Afra Almarar
film festivals
Calcutta International Cult Film Festival
Corto Creativo Short Film Festival in Tijuana, Mexico
Rome Independent Prisma Awards in Italy
Amsterdam Lift-Off Film Festival in Netherlands,
Madrid International Film Festival, Spain
VIFF Vienna Independent Film Festival, Austria
Toronto Lift-Off Film Festival,Canada,
Amsterdam International Awards, Netherlands
Toronto International Nollywood Film Festival, Canada
Al Ain Film Festival, UAE
Around International Film Festival (ARFF), Amsterdam
film awards
An award at Calcutta International Cult Film Festival
Outstanding Achievement certificate at the Berlin Flash Film Festival, Germany
Gold Remi Award at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, USA
Best Film award at Al Ain Film Festival, UAE