Makhlouta Shorts

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Arab Film Festival

Makhlouta Shorts


Venue

Lennox Theatre

Dates

04 July 2009

Makhlouta – an eclectic mix of shorts, video clips, creative documentaries and animation including Ashura: Blood and Beauty (Lebanon) + A Boy, a Wall, a Donkey (Palestine) + At Days End (Egypt) + Ya Saydaty (Palestine) + From Ya to Alef (Palestine) + Funky Arab (Lebanon) + Garbage (Tunisia) + Her Man (Egypt) + It Snows in Marrakech (Morocco) + Naked Human (Kuwait) + Personal Calendar (Iraq) + Phatwa (Iraq/Canada) + The View (Palestine) + Valley of the Sun (Australia)

ASHURA: BLOOD AND BEAUTY
Director: Katia Saleh
Country: Lebanon
Year: 2007
Duration: 20 min
Session Time: Saturday 4 July, 2pm – Makhlouta (mixed) Shorts
Amid the passion of Imam Hussein’s martyrdom, there is romance in a new generation. The mix of modernity and tradition in Southern Lebanon has made the annual Shiite Muslim Ashura festival a platform for young people to meet each other and find potential husband and wives.

A BOY, A WALL, A DONKEY
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Country: Palestine
Year: 2008
Duration: 4 min
Session Time: Saturday 4 July, 2pm – Makhlouta (mixed) Shorts
Western Sydney Premiere
How do three young boys make a movie living under occupation?

AT DAY’S END
Director: Sherif El Bendary
Country: Egypt
Duration: 15 min
Session Time: Saturday 4 July, 2pm – Makhlouta (mixed) Shorts
Based on a short story by the Egyptian writer Ibrahim Aslan, a father contemplates the physical changes of his adult son in this subtle meditation on ageing. The director of last year’s Sydney Arab Film Festival audience favourite Rise and Shine, Sherif El Bendary continues to make short films in and about the homes of everyday Egyptian families.
Festivals
* Dubai International Film Festival, 2008
* Tribeca Film Festival, 2008

YA SAYDATY
Director: Marwan Asad for DAM
Country: Palestine
Year: 2007
Duration: 5 min
Session Time: Saturday 4 July, 2pm – Makhlouta (mixed) Shorts
A music clip set in an underground nightclub in Palestine where they still party, dance and fall in love. “Ya Saydaty” means “My Lady” and features on DAM’s Dedication album.

FROM YA TO ALEF
Director: Suhell Nafar of DAM
Country: Palestine
Year: 2008
Duration: 4 min
Session Time: Saturday 4 July, 2pm – Makhlouta (mixed) Shorts
Palestinian rappers DAM give us a lesson in Arabic letters and life.

FUNKY ARAB
Director: Yehya Saade
Country: Lebanon
Year: 2009
Duration: 5 min
Session Time: Saturday 4 July, 2pm – Makhlouta (mixed) Shorts
A music video clip for the singer Jad Choueiri on his first English album, released in 2009. “Every individual that has participated in the following video is an Arab”. These are the first words in the clip as it takes us into the underground world of Beirut’s nightlife, shot at the famous BO18 nightclub. Yehya Saade is known for his controversial depictions of Arab women and men, and in this clip he once again pushes those boundaries.

GARBAGE
Director: Lotfi Achour
Country: Tunisia
Year: 2008
Duration: 23 min
Session Time: Saturday 4 July, 2pm – Makhlouta (mixed) Shorts
Australian Premiere
Mounir is a reserved and idle night watchman. On a lonely night, he finds a strange way to enter the life of Latifa, his pretty neighbour with whom he is secretly in love. The unusual means will turn him into a secret witness to Latifa’s agitated life and will lead him to dangerous expressions of his passion.
Festivals
Ayam Beirut Al Cinemaiya (Cinema Days of Beirut), 2008

HER MAN
Director: Ayten Amin
Country: Egypt
Year: 2006
Duration: 10min
Session Time: Saturday 4 July, 2pm – Makhlouta (mixed) Shorts
Battles between first and second wives can get dirty.
Festivals
Ayam Beirut Al Cinemaiya (Cinema Days of Beirut), 2008

IT SNOWS IN MARRAKECH
Director: Hicham Alhayat
Country: Morocco
Year: 2008
Duration: 14 min
Session Time: Saturday 4 July, 2pm – Makhlout (mixed) Shorts
Karim wants to fulfil the last wish of his dying father who has always dreamt of skiing. When their visa to Switzerland is denied, Karim needs another plan.
Festivals
Ayam Beirut Al Cinemaya (Cinema Days of Beirut), 2008
Awards
Best short film, Trento Film Festival, 2008
Jury special prize, Locarno Film Festival, 2007
Audience award, Winterthur Film Festival, 2007

NAKED HUMAN
Director: Omar Al-Masab
Country: Kuwait
Year: 2009
Duration: 12 min
Session Time: Saturday 4 July, 2pm – Makhlouta (mixed) Shorts
An experimental film that is part of a trilogy asking philosophical questions about how we acquire, process and pass on knowledge. This is the first film from Kuwait to be screened in Australia at a film festival.
Festivals
Gulf Film Festival, 2009

PERSONAL CALENDAR – Taqouim Shakhsi
Director: Basheer Almajid
Country: Iraq
Year: 2008
Duration: 9 min
Session Time: Saturday 4 July, 2pm – Makhlouta (mixed) Shorts
Australian Premiere
On a bus trip in downtown Iraq, no one can agree what day it is.
Festivals
Beirut International Film Festival, 2008
Awards
Second prize in Short Film Competition, The First Gulf Film Festival, 2008

PHATWA
Director: Hala Alsalman
Country: Canada / Iraq
Year: 2009
Duration: 10 min
Session Time: Saturday 4 July, 2pm – Makhlouta (mixed) Shorts
Bringing back the art of the epic music video a la Michael Jackson’s “Bad”, “Phatwa” will make you laugh, bob your head and question the role of Americans as well as Arabs in the so-called War on Terror. Passengers are reminded – moustaches, beards, goaties, side-burns, lamb chops and excessive chest hair are required to be shaved before boarding.

THE VIEW
Director: Hazim Bitar and Rifiqi Assaf
Country: Jordan/Palestine
Year: 2008
Duration: 16 min
Session Time: Saturday 4 July, 2pm – Makhlouta (mixed) Shorts
This one-take film tells the story of an Israeli sniper who takes aim at an unsuspecting Palestinian couple. With a finger on the trigger, he kills time with small talk about life, death, and romance. The film explores the anatomy of violence in the absence of restraints. The winner of the prestigious $70,000 Black Pearl Award at the Abu Dhabi film festival, this film is a simple sour tale.
Awards
Black Pearl Award, Best Narrative Short, Middle East International Film Festival Abu Dhabi, 2008
Best Short Film, Franco-Arab Film Festival, 2008

VALLEY OF THE SUN
Director: Nadine Chamas
Country: Australia
Year: 2009
Duration: 5 min
Session Time: Saturday 4 July, 2pm – Makhlouta (mixed) Shorts
World Premiere
A young girl plays in a park – she once played war.
The Director will present her film followed by Q & A

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