More Films: On Family

(1) UNDER THE IRON 2011 (2) LAND OF THE HEROES 2011 (3) CHECKPOINT 2010 (4) EL CENTRAL – CALL CENTER 2006 (5) PAYBACK 2011

UNDER THE IRON
Agathe Dirani, Egypt 2011, OV, 6 min

With the help of iron rods tied together, the 13-year-old boy Mina flies in his dreams, escaping reality in the vast city of Cairo, the city which he travels through daily on his way to work.

Agathe Dirani received her degree in International Relations from the Institute of Political Studies in Bordeaux. Since starting her postgraduate studies, she has been strongly attracted to creating and implementing documentation. Documentation, which often is a source of valuable information for her research, also represents an important space for her creativity.

LAND OF THE HEROES
Sahim Omar Kalifa, Belgium/Iraq 2011, OV, 17 min

1988. The conflict between Iraq and Iran is reaching its final stage. The 10-year-old Dileer and his sister Zienee want to watch cartoons on television, but that is easier said than done when Malo, the bully, comes along.

Sahim Omar Kalifa, born in Kurdish Iraq in 1980, studied audiovisual arts at the University of Art and Design Sint-Lukas in Brussels. LAND OF THE HEROES is his first professional short film, following the success of his graduation film Nan.

CHECKPOINT
Ruben Amar, France 2010,
Eng. subtitles, 19 min
A young Palestinian boy living in the Gaza Strip accompanies his father on monthly visits to the ruins of a destroyed village. Though he doesn’t understand his father’s ritual, he feels he has a duty to help him.

Ruben Amar, born 1974 in Montpellier, is an award-winning director and screenwriter of six short films shot in London, New York, Paris and Tel Aviv. His movies have been screened in more than 50 international film festivals like Clermont-Ferrand, Raindance, Palm Springs, Slamdance, Crossroads, Glasgow and Istanbul.

EL CENTRAL CALL CENTER
Mohamed Hammad, Egypt 2006,
Eng. subtitles, 18 min
A veiled single woman working at a shop where people can make phone calls eavesdrops on customers’ conversations in order to relieve the boredom of the job. Her unflinching response to the dark, duplicitous and occasionally depraved behavior of seemingly innocuous callers provides material for a grim look at contemporary Egyptian society.

Mohamed Hammad, born in 1981 in Cairo, graduated with a degree in literature from Helwan University. He is an independent screenwriter and filmmaker. Hammad wrote the scripts for THE FIFTH POUND by Ahmed Khaled and MERSAL AL_MARASIL (2005) by Hilmi Abdel-Magid, and he directed a short experimental film, TAWAF (2004), and several documentaries, including MULID AL-SAYEDA NAFISA (2004).

PAYBACK
Omar Khaled, Egypt 2011,
Eng. subtitles, 16 min
Most of the events of the film take place on the same day. We meet different characters and watch them facing worlds of oppression, violence and social injustice.

Omar Khaled graduated from the High Institute for Cinema Cairo, participated in several workshops, directed 12 short films, and wrote and edited many others. His films have won awards at several film festivals.