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The Gentleman - Talal Khoury

"الرجل المحترم" "Ar-ragol Al Mohtaram"
إخراج: طلال خوري


Synopsis:
The film is an illustration of a poem. It’s about a man who was struggling to remain decent. Gradually, he started to fall apart and to loose hope. It shows the contradictions of the human being and the combination that exist between tenderness and violence.

Director/DOP: Talal Khoury
Editor: Koussay Hamze
Sound: Rayan El Oubeydyin
Music: Khaled Sobeih
Poem: Samer Abu Hawach
Cast: Saeed Serhan - Rayan Majed - Zeina Demeleros - Hamzah Khodor

Country: Lebanon
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2007

Empty Talk - Amanda Abou Adallah

"حكي بلا طعمه" "Haky Bala Ta'me"
إخراج: أماندا أبو عبد الله


Synopsis:
A short film about 5 Lebanese women talking about their inner struggles, fears, dreams and self-image.Each one has a different story to tell but somehow they are all connected.

Director/Screenwriter: Amanda Abou Abdallah
DOP: Joe Saadeh
Editor: Liliane Hanbali
Sound Design: Rana Eid
Cast: Patricia Khoury - Sandy Hnoud - Dzovig Torikian - Rana Eid - Nathaly Lahoud

Country: Lebanon
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2009

My Makhzen & Me - Nadir Bouhmouch

"أنا ومخزني" "Ana W Makhzeny"
إخراج: نادر بوحموش



Synopsis:
In the summer of 2011, Nadir Bouhmouch, a Moroccan student studying abroad in California returns to his home country and finds it in a state of turmoil. The uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt had spread to Morocco. The February 20th movement had begun, organized by students and promoted through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and a website called Mamfakinch. People were flooding the streets and demanding change. But the Makhzen (the ruling elite) refuses to abandon it’s grasp. This film investigates what gave birth to the revolt and the obstacles it encounters on it’s struggle for freedom, democracy, human rights and an end to corruption and poverty.

Filmmaker: Nadir Bouhmouch
Music/Sound Editing: Eric Long

Country: Morocco
Genre: Documentary

The Hardest Question - Ahmad Samara

"أصعب سؤال" "As'aab So'al"
إخراج: أحمد سمارة


Synopsis:
"The Hardest Question" is a project that I have been working on for over a year, targeting people from different walks of life in Jordan, and how they come to express a defining moment in their lives. I think it is important to ask yourself this question someday.

Director: Ahmad Samara
DOP :Ahmad Samara - Shady Adwan

Country: Jordan
Genre: Documentary

Once Upon A Piano - Fadi Haddad

"ع سيرة البيانو" "A Seeret Al Piano"
إخراج: فادي حداد



Synopsis:
Since childhood throughout his gloomy life, only one thing used to pull Salem out of his despair; a beautiful girl playing piano behind a window in the next building. When an old friend comes to town with a tempting job offer abroad, Salem feels compelled to find a solid reason to stay, he decides to go and meet the piano girl.

Director/Screenwriter/Editor: Fadi Haddad
DOP: Ahmad Khatib
Music: Dr. Najati Al Suloh
Sound Design: Baha' Othman
Cast: Baha' Othman - Sari Abul Adel - Ali Maher - Lena Bitar - Ruba Haddad - Maryanne Doleh

Country: Jordan
Genre: Fiction

Civilized - Islam Kamal

"Civilized"
إخراج: إسلام كمال



Synopsis:
You see what you want to see.

Filmmaker: Islam Kamal

Country: Egypt
Genre: Experimental
Year: 2001

01.islam@gmail.com

Going Back To The Start - Ahmad Samara

"العودة إلى البداية" "Al Awda Ela Al Bedaya"
إخراج: أحمد سمارة



Synopsis:
A voice mail story.

Director/Screenwriter/Editor: Ahmad Samara
DOP: Shady Adwan
Music: Moe W. Al Saad
Cast: Melika Quteishat

Country: Jordan
Genre: Fiction

Bitter Days - Amjad Al Rasheed

"يوم مر .. و يوم أمر" "Yawm Morr.. Wa Yawm Ummar"
إخراج: أمجد الرشيد



Synopsis:
ASMA, a 12 year-old girl, works as a shoe-cleaner on the streets of Aqaba, Jordan to support her sick mother and younger sister, 8 year-old REEM. Asma copes and escapes the consequences of her poverty into her own personal dream world by sniffing shoe-adhesive.

Director: Amjad Al Rasheed
Screenwriter: Kasem Kharsa
DOP: Samer Nimri
Editor: Fadi G Haddad
Music: Ehab Abu Hammad
Cast: Tala Abu Najem - Yasmin Asaad - Mervat Aksoy - Aladdin Qaraqish -  Ahmad Khateeb

SMS - Yahya Al Abdallah

"SMS"
إخراج: يحيى العبدالله



Synopsis:
A silent journey between tow cups of coffee.

Director/Screenwriter: Yahya Al Abdallah
DOP: Abdel Salam Akkad
Editor: Eyad Hamam
Cast: Musa Alsatari - Manal Sehimat - Aseel Alhorany

Country: Jordan
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2008

Apricots - Amar Chebib

"مشمش" "Mish Mush"
إخراج: عمار شبيب



Synopsis:
Upon being drafted for military service, Ahmad, a determined young Syrian poet, decides to flee the country. Consequently, he is forced up against his conservative family, reluctant lover, and must negotiate his way through the labyrinthine bureaucracy of Damascus. En route to Lebanon, he discovers himself in an unexpected place, an apricot orchard.

Director/Screenwriter: Amar Chebib

Country: Syria
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2010

http://www.salamfilms.com/

Orange & Cofee - Amjad Abu Al-Ala

"قهوة و برتقال" "Kahwa Wa Bortokal"
إخراج: أمجد أبو العلا


Synopsis:
In another world, he has to find his way and his soul.

Director/Screenwriter: Amjad Abu Al-Ala
DOP: Manfread Scoberd - Conrad Clark - Shokry Farahani - Yahya Refai
Editor: Khalid Alhammadi
Cast: Hisham Selim - Jamaan Alrweiay - Marie Christene - Reem Abroq

Country: UAE - Sudan
Genre: Experimental
Year: 2004

http://about.me/Amjadabuala

Arabana - Nayla Al-Khaja

"عربانة" "Arabana"
إخراج: نايلة الخاجة


Synopsis:
Arabana (meaning "wheelbarrow" in Arabic) is a film touching on the sensitive issue of child abuse.

Director/Screenwriter: Nayla Al-Khaja
DOP: Eric Oh
Editor: Raul Skopecz
Music: Mohammed Yanez
Cast: Feriyal Entezari - Sheikha Al Ketbi

Country: UAE
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2006

http://www.naylaalkhaja.com/

BASITA - Laila Hotait

"بسيطة"
إخراج: ليلى حٌطيط



Synopsis:
It is in the intimate and family spaces where some of the darkest secrets are hidden in order to keep the family united. BASITA is my attempt to reconstruct a souvenir of which I have no elements, of which I have only listened a few sentences to one or another member of my family, so the main goal of this piece is to recreate the fact of what we never talk about, the suicide of a young woman, and give her voice once again years later, through my own voice.

Filmmaker: Laila Hotait

Country: Lebanon
Genre: Experimental
Year: 2010

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3415721/
http://www.laaventura.net/

Call Of Madness - Mostafa Youssef

"همس الجنون" "Hams Al Gonoon"
إخراج: مصطفى يوسف



Director: Mostafa Youssef
Screenwriter: Hussein Ibrahim
DOP: Mohamed Abdel Raouf
Editor: Haitham El Shal
Music/Sound Design: Shadi El Hosseiny
Cast: Ahmed Fuad Selim - Youssef Ismail

Country: Egypt
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2006

December - Mahmoud Shokry Abou Emera

"Shahr 12" "شهر ١٢"
إخراج: محمود شكري أبو عميرة


Director/Screenwriter: Mahmoud Shokry Abou Emera
DOP: Hassan Samir
Editor: Ahmed Tarabely
Music: Ibrahim Shamel
Cast: Amr Mamdouh - Amr Al Qady - Wael Samy - Mohammed Goma'a

Country: Egypt
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2009

The Last 5 Minutes - Rawad Abi Akar

"آخر ٥ دقائق" "Akher Khams Daka'ek"
إخراج: رواد أبي عقر


Director/Editor: Rawad Abi Akar
DOP: Alan Naaman
Cast: Elie Abi Akar - Elie Khalil

Country: Lebanon
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2011

Samaa' - Fady Copty

"سماء" "Fady Copty"
إخراج: فادي قبطي


Synopsis:
Samaa` has spent her childhood following the dream of becoming a professional dancer, but as she graduated from high-school her father insisted that she should gain an academic education. So she turned to learn psychology. But the passion for dance did not die in her and she tries to go and make her own personal revolution and fulfill her childhood dream.Based on a real story and played by the real-life characters.

Director: Fady Copty
DOP: Riyad Shammas
Editor: Sari Bisharat - Fady Copty
Music: Ibrahim Zaher
Cast: Samaa` Wakeem - Rabeaa Rouby - Saleem Wakeem - Narmeen Khoury

Country: Palestine
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2011

http://www.sama-movie.com/

Dark - Bader Al-Homoud

"داكن" "Daken"
إخراج: بدر الحمود



Director/DOP: Bader Al-Homoud
Screenwriter: Ahmed Al Mulla
Sound: Theyab Al Jaser
Music: Bakr Fathallah
Cast: Badr Al Laheed - Dalia Badghaish - Abdul Majeed Al Kenani

Country: Saudi Arabia
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2010

http://www.badercinema.com/

High Heels - Fadi Haddad

"كعب عالي" "Ka'b Aly"
إخراج: فادي حداد



Synopsis:
Nawal the recently widowed social snob finds out her husband left her nothing but an empty bank account and a scandal. What would she do if his young mistress suddenly shows up at the funeral?

Director/Screenwriter: Fadi Haddad
DOP: Samer Nirmri
Cast: Mouna Moussa - Lara Sawala - Phaedra Dahdaleh - Feryal Haddad

Country: Jordan
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2009

http://fadihaddad.wordpress.com/

Maxim - Mohamed Rashad

"مكسيم" "Maxim"
إخراج: محمد رشاد


Director: Mohamed Rashad
Screenwriter: Mohamed Rashad - Belal Hosni
DOP: Islam Kamal
Editor: Emad Maher
Cast: Mahmoud El Lozy - Hanan Youssef

Country: Egypt
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2007

One Eye Open - Ikon

"عين واحدة مفتوحة" "Ain Waheda Maftouha"
إخراج: أيكون


Synopsis:
Being Japanese-Egyptian has enriched many aspects of my life, but at times, this can also be disconcerting. Living mostly in Egypt with brief stays in Japan, I needed to discover the other side of my identity. However I was always busy with life obligations. Finally, I promised myself to go to Japan to explore this unbeaten path. For a year, I have been to many cities, towns and places exploring this world I belonged to yet knew vaguely. I have documented some of my experience and wanted to express it through this short film. Without a script, a plan or a crew, I took the challenge of reflecting the journey and making the film myself from A to Z.

Filmmaker: Ikon

Country: Egypt
Genre: Experimental

Rice City - Sherif El Azma

"مدينة الأرز" "Madeenat Al Orz"
إخراج: شريف العظمة



Director/Screenwriter: Sherif El Azma
Editor: Mariam Mikiwi
DOP: Sherif Galal
Music: Nahla Mattar
Cast: Count Federico Di Wardal - Mona Gamil - Santo Walle

Country: Egypt
Genre: Experimental
Year: 2010

The Balloon - Ahmed Teleb

"البالونة" "Al Ballona"
إخراج: أحمد طِلِب


Filmmaker: Ahmed Teleb
Sound Designer: Michal Krajczok
Music: Marian Mentrup

Country: Egypt
Genre: Animation
Year: 2010

The Lady Bug - Mayye Zayed

"The Lady Bug"
إخراج: ميّ زايد


Filmmaker: Mayye Zayed
Sound Designer: Michal Krajczok

Country: Egypt
Genre: Animation

Sweetie's Hanky - Ayman El Amir

"منديل الحلو" "Mandeel El Helw"
إخراج: أيمن الأمير



Synopsis:
A school teacher suffers the cruelty of his ex-wife and the pangs of self-loathing engendered by his separation from his daughter. An undercurrent of charged repression erupts when he supervises an examination where he sees a girl resembling his daughter.

Director/Editor: Ayman El Amir
Screenwriter: Ayman El Amir - Kareem Kandeel
DOP: Ahmed Nabil
Cast: Ahmed Kamal - Maha El Kabany - Habiba Darwish

Country: Egypt
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2007

In Between - Ahmed Hayman

"In Between"
إخراج: أحمد هيمن


Synopsis:
A personal story about me in between Egypt and Denmark, In between the Revolution and Democracy. All footage from the revolution were shot by me in the period from 3rd till the 17th of February, 2011.

Filmmaker: Ahmed Hayman

Country: Egypt
Genre: Documentary

Day & Night - Islam El Azzazi

"نهار وليل" "Nahar Wa Leil"
إخراج: إسلام العزازي


Synopsis:
On the cusp of middle age, Raouf (Bassem Samra) struggles with doubts over his pretty fiancée Nadia (Hind Sabry) while construction on his menswear outlet runs over schedule and budget. When not stung by old sibling rivalry or swept away by sepia childhood flashbacks, he’s addled by the bald painter who dances like Shakira. It’s just another ordinary day in Alexandria, in this taut melodrama starring two of Egypt’s most famous faces.

Director/Screenwriter: Islam El Azzazi
DOP: Nancy Abdoul Fattah
Editor: Dina Farouk
Cast: Bassem Samra - Hend Sabry - Youssef Abdoul Hameid - Bassem Adly

Country: Egypt
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2006

Distribution Company: http://www.wikafilm.com
Contact Person: azzazyi@gmail.com

Local Copy - Islam Kamal

"نسخة شعبية" "Noskha Sha'beya"
إخراج: إسلام كمال


Synopsis:
We follow four young people through Alexandria en route to the square outside the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It slowly becomes apparent what this meeting is all about. The prostitute Marwa and her boyfriend agree to meet a regular customer, the student Adel, and his friend. The public nature of the spot she chooses, the square in front of the Bibliotheca Alexandria, irritates him. A beautiful play unfolds in front of bystanders.

Director/Screenwriter: Islam Kamal
DOP: Tamer Nady
Editor: Islam Kamal - Emad Maher
Music: Samir Nabil
Cast: Ahmed Mustafa - Saeid Kabil - Violla Fayez - Sarah Shalaby

Country: Egypt
Genre: Fiction
Year: 2010

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