A Calling . From the Desert . To the Sea

Director: Murad Abu Eisheh
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Winner of Outstanding Visual Effects for a Student Film at the prestigious Visual Effects Society Awards
Directed by Academy member Murad Abu Eisheh, director of Student Academy Award-winning TALA’VISION
Nominated for the German Camera Awards
World premiered to a sold-out audience at Cairo International Film Festival
A Calling . From the Desert . To the Sea Poster
2022/ Jordan, Germany17 min/ Drama
Original Title
Dawaa Mn El Khalaa Lel Bahr
Fearing that her younger sister will be married off just like she was, Ahlam lures Yasmin to run away with her by telling a story of a mythical sea that lies beyond the desolate desert and its mountains.
In search of this mystical sea, the two sisters journey far from their home, predetermined fate, and secluded life with their father.
However, along the way, young Yasmin is forced to face her inner demons and further her understanding of the world she lives in.
Yasmine Nawarj, Raean Al-Masri, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh


Screenwriter: Murad Abu Eisheh
DOP: Philip Henze
Editor: Quirin Grimm

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Production Company(ies)
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Shaghab Films

Malin Krüger, Jude Kawwa, Rand Beiruty

film festivals
Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt (World premiere)
Visual Effects Society Awards, US
Imedghassen Film Festival, Algeria
Cleveland International Film Festival, US
European Film Festival of Lille, France
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival, Switzerland
SIGGRAPH - Electronic Theater, US
German Camera Awards, Germany
European Film Festival of Lille, France
Amman International Film Festival, Jordan
Medfest Egypt
New York Indie Shorts Awards, US
Marrakech Short Film Festival, Morocco
Medfilm Festival, Italy
Kinofest Lünen, Germany
film awards
Outstanding Visual Effects for a Student Film, Visual Effects Society Awards
German Camera Awards, Nomination
Best Actress in a Leading Role, Imedghassen Film Festival
Best Student Short at the New York Indie Shorts Awards