The Guest – Aleppo to Istanbul

The film follows the journey of Lena and Meryem, who fled the war in Syria. Lena is a ten-year-old girl who has lost her family in the war. She finds herself forced to make her way to Turkey with her baby sister and their neighbor Meryem, along with other refugees. What Lena really wants is to return home, while Meryem’s hope is to reach Europe. They arrive in Istanbul only to face new challenges; abandoned by the only people that could help. Their efforts to survive in the big city, with all its cruelty and coldness, give us hope.

Andac Haznedaroglu| Turkey| Fiction| 2018| 88 min

The Voice of the Rainbow

A musician hears his wife’s paintings, bringing his melodies to life. A painter sees her husband’s music, creating work in captivating color.

Tameem Amer | Yemen | Documentary | 2018 | 12 min

Rupture

Rupture follows the journey of four Arab teens on their quest to find a public pool in their new city on a hot summer’s day. Introducing a cast of first time actors and war survivors who channel their personal experiences of loss and new beginnings through a fictional narrative.

Yassmina Karajah| Jordan, Canada| Fiction| 2017| 15 min

Fatimah

Having fled the war in Syria, Fatimah’s life in a refugee camp in Jordan is run by a patriarchal system. To maintain some peace in the tent city, she succumbs to obeying orders from males, avoiding confrontation. Fatimah talks bravely of the lack of privacy, and the constant judgement and shaming from the men around. Resilient, determined, and wise beyond her young years, she shares her lessons for survival.

In the presence of filmmaker, Omar Rammal

Omar Rammal| Jordan| Documentary| 2018| 10 min

Bump

Docu-drama of everyday Yemenis. As they talk about their daily lives, they reflect on what it is to be Yemeni, what matters, what they strive for, and how the ongoing war impacts their social relationships. How life changed, unity has been broken, they face obstacles and bumps, find their resilience, and make choices on the long road ahead.

Ala’a Hafed, Ali Al-Matri | Yemen | Documentary | 2018 | 10 min

I Am Ahlam

In a village in Yemen, Ahlam confronts the status quo of females as secondary citizens with no awareness of, nor right to, their rights. She is determined to pursue education as her weapon. As the only female with a university education, she commits herself to teaching, and despite the onslaught of war that disrupts schooling, her resourcefulness enables her to find backing to forge ahead with an education for all plan.

Shadi Al-Areeqi | Yemen | Documentary | 2018 | 12 min

The Day of the Virgin

Sarah, a French-speaker, lives in a city where the majority of the inhabitants are Spanish-speakers. Due to ethnic riots, the government has decided to divide the city into three zones and to limit them by a wall. Married to a Spanish-speaker, Sarah lives in Zone A and is thus separated from her brother who lives in zone C.

In the presence of the director, Louise Heem

Louise Heem| France| Fiction| 2016| 23 min

Elles

Samah, 15 years old, lives in miserable conditions with her family in northwestern Tunisia. Victim of a dire financial situation, the teenager takes the first step in her life on an identical path to that of her mother and ancestors.

Anis Absi| Tunisia| Documentary| 2018| 26 min

The Jaida

Four women meet in Dar Joued (a women’s prison) on the eve of Independence day. From different ages and social conditions, they are condemned to live together under the authority and injustice of their jailer: Jaida. They share memories of the outside world, and also the joy, emotions and torment of their daily lives in Dar Joued.

Selma Baccar| Tunisia| Fiction| 2017| 110 min

Lilacs

After living in Germany for 12 years, Hanna’s mother falls ill in Lebanon and Hanaa returns to see her. The mother’s last wish triggers her to look for her twin brother Firas who got kidnapped in the Lebanese civil war.

Mira Shaib| Germany, Lebanon| Fiction| 2018| 24 min

Counting Tiles

Forty years ago, she fled with her parents from Lebanon to Greece. Now filmmaker Cynthia Choucair sees how history is repeating itself. The Greek island of Lesbos is being flooded with refugees. It’s an ideal spot for Clowns Without Borders, an organisation that welcomes refugees with humour and cheerfulness, as an antidote to fear and mistrust. Red nose on, bubbles ready to be blown: the group of volunteers is prepared. But where are the refugees?

Cynthia Choucair| Lebanon| Documentary| 2018| 85 min

The Borrowed Dress

Grandma Susu (80), her daughter Doaa (50), and her grandchild Saad (16) are forced to flee the Syrian civil war and live in diaspora, united by the desire to return home.

Leen Alfaisal| UAE, Jordan, Lebanon| Documentary| 2017| 56 min


The Box

Have you heard the phrase, think outside the box? This is a story about such a box. The box is full of miserable creatures.  One of them doesn’t belong there.

Dušan Kastelic| Slovenia| Animation| 2017| 12 min

You Are A Terrorist

District Zero

One Million Steps

Love During The Siege

The Price

Dinner for Few

The Mechanical Waltz

Fool’s Paradise

Backwards Run

Cairo 30th

Tuk Tuk

Becoming Bulletproof

Singing in Exile

A Place for Everyone

A Flickering Truth

Can the men who risked their lives in Afghanistan restore the records of its colorful diverse past…?

They Will Have To Kill Us First

What kind of resistance will emerge when extremists ban music in Mali?

We Want to Know

Taa’ Marbouta

This film is geared towards a female empowering mission statement

A Part of Her

Not Who We Are

A documentary by Carol Mansour depicting the political aftermath of war victims.

Patchwork House

A more than middle aged Palestinian woman is forced to make a living out of cleaning houses. She is faced with an ultimatum when she finds that a particular house she works at is harboring a sinister secret.

A Room with Millions of Walls

All the world’s satellites and surveilance equipment cannot observe the reality of what is happening in Syria. Or at least, it cannot transmit this reality to the world. What makes a person sacrifice his life just to transmit the voice of the unheard to the rest of the world? This just might be a brave […]

Bahar in Wonderland

Where do you hide from danger when you can’t hide anywhere? The Kurdish girl Bahar believes she has found a way. This is the story of Bahar, a little girl, who given the circumstances shes in cannot be a child. In order to fight her fears, she believes that she can be invisible by closing […]

Three Wars of Milad

From his perspective, how would an eight year old Palestian kid ‘Milad’ see the wars of the adults?

On the Bride’s Side

A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist help five Palestinians and Syrians reach Sweden.

I’m Human

The Afghan Doll

Short Animation about a little girl during the civil war in Afghanistan.

We Are Egyptian Armenians

Documentary of the lives of Armenians in Egypt, their history, and stories.

Open Bethlehem

Film director Leila Sansour returns to Bethlehem to make a film about her home town, soon to be encircled by a wall. She left the city as a teenager thinking that Bethlehem was too small and provincial. She never wanted to return but this time she is making an exception. She intends her film to […]

Roshmia

Blue Eyed Boy

Abstract

The Alchemist

Surprise

Farid

If You Meant to Kill Me

Skin

3000 Nights

YOU ARE NOT AN AMERICAN

FAN

FAN

Growing Home

CAIRO 30th

Transit Game

Ice Cream

Drawing on a Nude Body

24 Hours in a Fuel Tank

ODD

ODD

January shift

Free Range