August 30, Wednesday

Saudi Shorts (2016)

Directed by Ali Kalthami, Fares Godus, Meshal Aljaser, Sohayb Godus
Saudi Arabia | PG | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi | Arabic | 101 min
Venue: Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai

The regional premiere of three shorts by the Saudi Telfaz11 collective commissioned for Saudi Film Days, a public film series in Hollywood, California.

Directed by: Ali Kalthami
2016 | Arabic | Saudi Arabia |  PG | Drama | 34

Based on true events from ten years ago when a group of extremists attacked a theatrical play Wasati bela Wastiah (A Moderate Without a Middle-Ground) and shut it down.

Is Sumyati Going to Hell? (Sumyati Btedkhol Elnar?)
Directed by: Meshal Aljaser
2016 | Arabic | Saudi Arabia | PG | Comedy | 30

A Saudi family treats its Filipina maid, Sumyati, with racist contempt — except for the young daughter, who loves her and asks tough questions.

Predicament In Sight (Wa Ka’abat Al Manthar)
Directed by: Sohayb & Fares Godus
2016 | Arabic | Saudi Arabia |  PG | Sci-Fi | 37

A sci-fi story of a plane crash set in the seventies. After failed attempts by survivors to contact the outside world; they are forced to coexist.

A Present from the Past (2015)

Directed by Kawthar Younis
Egypt | PG | Documentary | Arabic | 80 min
Venue: Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Warehouse 68, Alserkal Avenue, Dubai
Time: Mar 22, 7:30pm, Aug 30, 8:00pm

Mokhtar, a filmmaking professor, receives an unexpected present on his 75th birthday from his daughter Kawthar, a filmmaker in her early 20’s. With two plane tickets to Rome, one for him and another for his daughter, he has a second chance to search for his unfulfilled love – Patrizia – an Italian woman whom he abandoned 33 years ago with a promise to come back for her, but never did. Kawthar filmed the experience with hidden cameras and used home videos to capture the real essence of their father/daughter relationship that fluctuates throughout the trip.