Crossroads

Ahram Online , Wednesday 18 Nov 2015

Crossroads

LETTER TO THE KING / BREV TIL KONGEN

Country: Norway 
Year: 2014
Director: Hisham Zaman
Starring: Ali Bag Salimi, Zheer Durhan, Nazmi Kirik
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 75 min
Language: Kurdish, Norweigan, English, Persian
Subtitles: English

A group of refugees are on a bus bound for Oslo, visiting the capital city in a land promising new beginnings. But for five of them, it’s a day to rectify their past and justify a new future. We follow them as they each explore their possibilities; a secret love, a new life, a white lie, fulfilling a dream, and avenging the death of a husband. Their stories are bound together by a letter to the King of Norway, written by eighty-two year old Mirza.

Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film – Göteborg
IFF 2014Special Mention – Dubai IFF 2014

Letter to The King
Still from Letter to The King (Photo: Zawya)

MEMORIES ON STONE / BÎRANÎNÊN LI SER KEVIRÎ

COUNTRY: Iraq, Germany
YEAR: 2014
DIRECTOR: Shawkat Amin Korki
STARRING: Hussein Hassan, Nazmi Kirik, Shima Molaei, Rekesh Shahbaz
GENRE: Drama
RunningTime: 97 min
Language: Kurdish, Arabic, Farsi
Subtitles: English

After the fall of Saddam, childhood friends Hussein and Alan decide to make a film about the genocide of Iraqi Kurds in 1988. They learn that, to achieve veracity through the means of cinema and to face their own identity, it's worth putting everything on the line, even their own life.

Best Film from the Arab World – Abu Dhabi IFF 2014
UNESCO Award – Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2014
Jury Prize – RiverRun IFF 2015

Memories on Stone
Still from Memories on Stone (Photo: Zawya)

ON THE BRIDE’S SIDE / IO STO CON LA SPOSA

Country: Italy, Palestine
Year: 2014
Director: Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande, Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry
Starring: Tasneem Fared, Abdallah Sallam, Mc Manar 
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 89 min
Language: Italian, Arabic
Subtitles: Arabic, English

A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan who fled the Syrian war. They help them reach their destination, Sweden, by faking a wedding, in order to avoid arrest for trafficking. Over four days and 3,000 kilometers, this documentary brings out the refugees’ stories, but also reveals a lesser-known side of Europe, the one thatridicules the laws and restrictions of the “Fortress”.

FEDIC Award, Human Rights Film Network Award – Venice IFF 2014
First Appearance Competition – IFDA 2014

On The Bride
Still from On The Bride's Side (Photo: Zawya)

QUEENS OF SYRIA

Country: Lebanon, Jordanmm United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates
Year: 2014
Director: Yasmin Fedda
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 65 min
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

In the autumn of 2013, fifty women from Syria forced into exile in Jordan create and perform their own version of The Trojan Women. Through that Ancient Greek tragedy, these women born in 20th century Syria find a blazingly vivid mirror of their own experiences in the stories of a queen, princesses and ordinary women like them, uprooted, enslaved, and bereaved by the Trojan War.

Best Director from the Arab World – Abu Dhabi IFF 2014

Queens of Syria
Still from Queens of Syria (Photo: Zawya)

THE NARROW FRAME OF MIDNIGHT / ITAR EL-LAYL

Country: France, Morocco, Qatar, United Kingdom
Year: 2014
Director: Tala Hadid
Starring: Khalid Abdalla, Marie-Josée Croze, Fadwa Boujouane
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 93 min
Language: French, Arabic
Subtitles: Arabic, English

A man in search of his brother and a young girl in search of a home, both running toward an unknown future. They embark on a journey that will lead them from Morocco to Istanbul, across the plains of Kurdistan to Iraq and beyond.

Nominated for Muhr Award – Dubai IFF 2014
Presented in the Discovery Selection – Toronto IFF 2014
Presented in the Cinema d’Oggi Selection – Rome IFF 2014

The Narrow Frame of Midnight
Still from The Narrow Frame of Midnight (Photo: Zawya)

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