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Encountering Samir (Lqaa Samir)

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2020

Rand Beiruty / Short Narrative / Jordan, Germany / 2020 / 5 min / Colour and B&W / DCP2K / In No Dialogue / (No Subtitles) subtitles / MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


In a war zone, four-year-old Farah, and her brother Ramzy become friends with an enemy counterpart, Samir. They begin to play together and turn the once harsh and barren battlefield into a whimsical playground. The sudden piercing sound of a bullet disrupts their game, bringing them back to reality where they find themselves stuck in the crossfire. The new friends soon realise that the only way out is the magic they carry inside them.

About the Director

After obtaining her MA degree in Media Arts from Bauhaus University Weimar, Rand Beiruty is pursuing a practice-based PhD from The Konrad Wolf Film University of Babelsberg. She is an alumna of Berlinale Talents, Beirut Talents, Film Leader Incubator Asia, Documentary Campus, Locarno Documentary School and Ji.hlava Academy. She was nominated for the Robert Bosch Film Prize in 2018 and 2020. Beiruty won the ESP Jury Prize for the International Script Pitch at Interfilm Berlin 2016 for her short animation ‘Encountering Samir’ and the Tribeca Film Institute IF/Then Pitch Competition at CPH:DOX, 2017 for her short documentary ‘Nudar’. She’s now developing her first feature documentary titled 'Tell Them About Us' that won best pitch at the Reception of German Film Schools during Berlinale 2020.


Rand Beiruty
Rand Beiruty
Flavia Oertwig
Abdllh Sada, Rand Beiruty
Production Company
Tama Filmproduktion – Flavia Daina Oertwig

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