MY FATHER IS STILL A COMMUNIST: INTIMATE SECRETS TO BE PUBLISHED
Ahmad Ghossein, Lebanon 2011, Eng. subtitles, 35 min
All that is left of my parents’ relationship is a large number of audio-cassettes, sent as love letters during the time of civil war in Lebanon. When I was a child I created imaginative stories about my father as war hero fighting with the communists.
Ahmad Ghossein, born 1981 in Beirut, is a filmmaker and video artist. His works have been exhibited, among others, at the MoMA and New Museum in New York, at Kunsthallen in Oslo, Home Works, Beirut, at the Dubai Film Festival and the Forum Expanded at the Berlinale (2012).
AS THEY SAY (KIF MA YI QULU)
Hicham Ayouch, Morocco/UAE 2011, Eng. subtitles, 13 min
Father and son go on a fishing trip together into the mountains. When the son confesses to the father that he‘s gay, the situation escalates: tests of masculinity, rituals, violence, erupting feelings, speechlessness, and finally an unexpected end. Not only does the film attest to family and generational conflicts, but it positions these within an overwhelming landscape (the Rif mountains), which itself becomes one of the agents. Hicham Ayouch was one of six filmmakers invited by the Sharjah Biennale 10 (2011) to produce a work . AS THEY SAY is the result.
Hicham Ayouch, born 1976 in France, worked for a few years in French television before taking to writing and film directing. His first film, THE KING'S QUEENS (2005) explored the status of women in Morocco and Angel’s DUST (2006) was about autistic teenagers. He has since directed two feature-length fiction films, EDGES OF THE HEART (2006) and CRACKS (FISSURES, 2008).
Sameh Zoabi, Palestine 2006, Eng. subtitles, 19 min
BE QUIET follows the story of a young boy and his father on their journey home to the city of Nazareth. What should be a simple car trip is beset by politically charged tension and a militarised reality – each of which serves as a foil to enhance the struggle of a complacent father raising a strong willed son.
Sameh Zoabi was born and raised in Iksal, a Palestinian village near the city of Nazareth, in 1975. In 1998, Zoabi graduated from Tel Aviv University with a dual degree in film studies and English literature. In 2005, he completed his MFA in film direction at Columbia’s School of the Arts. Filmmaker Magazine named Zoabi as one of the Top 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema. Zoabi recently completed his first feature debut Man Without a Cell Phone.
Meqdad Al Kout, Kuwait 2010, Eng. subtitles, 14 min
The film is set in old Kuwait and depicts the life of a man who is unable to grow a moustache.
Meqdad Al-Kout was born in 1983. He graduated from Kuwait University with a BA in English literature, and then worked as a production assistant and assistant director for manyTV commercials, for the Al-Watan newspaper and TV channel. Al-Kout wrote and directed a number of short films that were screened at many festivals, including the short film MOUSTACHE which was selected for numerous film festivals.
THE FORTY-SECOND WINTER
Ehab Tarabieh, Syria 2009, Eng. subtitles,15 min
A series of winter frames of an Arab Syrian village near Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights. The filmmaker takes a close look at ‘the dance of life’ his aging parents are leading, 42 winters since the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights.
Ehab Tarabieh was born in 1982 in Majdal Shams, in the occupied Golan Heights. Ihab Tarabieh is a filmmaker and a human rights activist. He currently lives in Jerusalem.lives in Jerusalem.