In the Short Film Category; the CIFF will also host another 17 World Premieres and five International Premieres.
Observing guidelines from the Egyptian government and the World Health Organization, the CIFF will ensure safety for all, including the festival’s team, participating filmmakers, and the audience.
CIFF is one of the oldest cultural events in Africa and the Middle East, and is the only festival in Africa and the Middle East to be accorded category “A” status by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF) in Paris.
Details about the premiering films are announced by the festival as follows:
Tunisia | Fiction | World Premiere | 2021 | International Competition
Director: Dhafer Labidnie
Habib and his 15-year-old son Ahmed from his previous marriage are brought together by Habib’s worsening state of health. Habib’s political past during the dictatorship in Tunisia is dangerously affecting his present. The roles are reversed, Ahmed has to protect his father and try to keep him safe. Habib and Ahmed find themselves in a chaotic position that neither is prepared for.
Daughters Of Abdul-Rahman
Jordan | Fiction | World Premiere | 2021 | International Competition
Director: Zaid Abu Hamdan
Years after escaping a dictated life, four estranged and offbeat sisters are forced to come together to find their suddenly-missing father. In their secret searching journey, secrets are revealed and more question marks are raised.
Seven Dogs (Siete Perros)
Argentina | Fiction | World Premiere | 2021 | International Competition
Director: Rodrigo Guerrero
Ernesto lives with his seven dogs in his small apartment, and tries to overcome his life's difficulties and health problems, while neighbors try to get him to get rid of his dogs because of the inconvenience they cause, only to find himself forced to find a solution to this crisis.
KSA | Fiction | World Premiere | 2021 | Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition (Opening film, Out of Competition)
Director: Sara Mesfer, Fatima Al Banawi, Jawaher Alamri, Hind Al Fahhad, Noor Alameer
Five shorts come together under an ‘Untitled Omnibus feature’, led by five Saudi women directors. The tone of the Omnibus feature will be brought together under a unified vision to realise nuanced reflections on women-centered narratives.
Diary of Gabrielle Street
Palestine | Documentary | World Premiere | 2021 | Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition
Director: Rashid Masharawi
When the French authorities closed their borders, landed their planes, confined their citizens to their homes, spreading police on the streets, I was in Paris. Without any planning, the memory coming from Palestine began to flow and merge with the diaries I live here, and the virus began to awaken other viruses, which made me spontaneously, as a Palestinian citizen, besieged in the most beautiful Parisian neighbourhood (Montmartre), busy documenting aspects of diaries and memories in a period of time that changed the face of the scientist.
A Second Life
Tunisia | Fiction | World Premiere | 2021 | Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition
Director: Aniss Lassoued
Gadeha, 12, happens one day to be the victim of a car accident. He undergoes surgery. Penniless, his mother, Borkana, is helped by Malika and Moez, a benevolent couple that offers to pay for the hospital fees and provides the destitute family with a roof. Gadeha meets Oussama, Malika and Moez’s child, 11, who is recovering from a kidney transplant. A strong friendship is made between the two boys. But Gadeha finds out haphazardly the secret of his family's new standard of living. He is devastated.
Egypt | Documentary | World Premiere | 2021 | Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition
Director: Hala Gala
Heba and Aya are two young women who are leading a single life in Cairo. We follow these two women as they make difficult choices and face their fears in the tough city of Cairo.
Morocco | Fiction | World Premiere | 2021 | Horizons of Arab Cinema Competition
Director: Rodrigo Guerrero
An old woman sits in the middle of an almost destroyed movie theatre, as a lone spectator, she is absorbed in dozens of thoughts, feelings, and moving images on the memory screen.
Egypt | Documentary | World Premiere | 2021 | Special Screening
Director: Nabil Shazli
The film follows several stages in the life of the world-class Egyptian swimmer, Abdel Latif Abu Heif, on both athletic and humanitarian levels.
Germany, Italy, Greece | Fiction | International Premiere | 2021 | International Competition
Director: Nana Neul
Martha and Betty have known each other for 20 years and they have decided to breakthrough. But while Martha realizes that her father has only faked his death wish in order to see the great love of his life again on Lake Maggiore, Betty mourns her stepfather Ernesto, who supposedly died years ago. What began as a day trip to Switzerland turns this way into a road trip through half of Europe.
Pack of Sheep (Ageli Provaton)
Greece, Albania, Serbia | Fiction | International Premiere | 2021 | International Panorama
Director: Dimitris Kanellopoulos
Thanasis can’t pay off his debt to Stelios. When he finds out that Apostolis is in the same position, he asks him to join him to make a better deal with Stelios. While Thanasis tries to put more players in the game, two young gangsters arrive in town to push over the debtors.