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Film still from NEO NAHDA: Two women dressed as men sit between a door frame and look directly into the camera.

Fri 26.04.

  • Director

    May Ziadé

  • Lebanon, UK / 2023
    12 min. / DCP / Original version

  • Original language


Neo Nahda

When a young Arab woman (Eman Alali) in London finds a photograph of women cross-dressing in 1920s Cairo she starts a feverish journey that leads her to uncover lost histories and her own identity.

  • Director

    Khaled Abdulwahed

  • Germany / 2023
    64 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles

  • Original language

    Arab, German


An intimate phone call between father and son. Khaled Abdulwahed reconstructs the story of his father, who lived as a student in the GDR in the 1950s, drawing parallels to his own migration to Germany, through which he escaped the civil war in Syria. Temporal and geographical distance blur as Abdulwahed artfully merges images of his father with present-day footage. Accompanied by the voices of the protagonists, the film explores concepts of identity and memory within two lives from then and now, between Syria and (East) Germany. The film premiered at the IDFA Festival and was awarded the Grand Prix of the International Competition of the FID Marseille.

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media