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SAFAR Futures Shorts Programme

2021/2 | 112’ | Short Films | 8 July

Join the SAFAR Futures programmers for a screening of short films by emerging UK-based Arab filmmakers.

This screening is curated by Imane Lamime, Alaa Nouasri and Theo Panagopoulos who are taking part in SAFAR’s new mentorship scheme for early-career Arab film programmers. The films, all directed by emerging UK based filmmakers, were selected through an open call and they present a diversity of nationalities, identities, and language. In connection with this year’s festival theme “The Stories We Tell”, their selection showcases the distinctive ways filmmakers are telling their own stories through different styles, ranging from science fiction and intimate documentaries, to animation and experimental filmmaking.


The screening will be followed with an in person Q&A with the filmmakers.


Walkout 1

Reman Sadani | 22’ | 2020 

A group of young people follow a prophecy to make a change after their city is caught in a cloud of sand.


Go Home

Razan Madhoon | 14’ | 2021 

A young Palestinian woman seeking asylum in the UK faces the indifference of British bureaucracy and the disillusionment of a Polish asylum officer (CN: Racism).




Fatima Kried | 3’ | 2020

The story of a young woman stranded in Beirut during the abrupt start of the 2006 war, told through animation.



The Season of Burning Things

Gouled Ahmed and Asmaa Jama | 9’ | 2021

Using archival footage, experimental sound, and familial interviews the project seeks to track and trace movement / migration between countries.



Remi Itani | 15’ | 2020

Finding it hard to reach out to clients, Carine, a real estate agent, spends her time in empty apartments that feed her sexually dissatisfied life (CN: Nudity).


Born In Damascus

Laura Wadha | 15’ | 2021

After ten years apart, a Scottish filmmaker tries to reconnect with her closest cousin through social media, facetime, and family videos.



Ikram Ahmed and Ala Agrebi | 16’ | 2021 

A British woman and a Tunisian man connect through their art and creativity as they both deal with similar struggles despite their differences



Various, with English subtitles and closed captioning


8 JUL 18:00

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