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Amman, 1980s. Simsim, a 12-year-old cemetery cleaner and con artist, dreams of becoming a fisherman in Latakia, away from his greedy boss. Every day, Simsim and his friend Makki swap the flowers that are left at the tombs of the wealthy with garbage collected from the poorer areas of the graveyard. By doing so, the pair are able to trick rich mourners into tipping them to “control the rubbish problem”. As their boss squeezes every penny out of them, Simsim and Makki’s quest to save enough money to get away seems impossible. Fate intervenes when Simsim stumbles upon a bouquet of flowers and finds some cash hidden along with a series of love letters between a Circassian couple who are planning their own escape.
About the Director
Amer Jamhour was born and raised in Amman, where he obtained a BA in Business and Marketing from the University of Jordan before moving to London to pursue a career in the creative industries. He dabbled in advertising and motion graphics for 10 years and took several short courses in filmmaking, until he graduated from the National Film and Television School with a post-graduate diploma in Script Development. Since then, Jamhour has developed scripts with writers and producers from the Middle East on a freelance basis, and recently directed his first short film, ‘Dunia’. Now based in Madrid, Jamhour is currently working on his next short and feature-length projects.
- Amer Jamhour
- Amer Jamhour