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Kash Kash - Without Feathers We Can't Live

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2020

Lea Najjar / Feature Documentary / Germany, Lebanon, Qatar / 2022 / 90 min / Colour / In Arabic / English subtitles / N/A
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.


The filmmaker’s hometown, Beirut, is torn apart by a corrupt political elite, anti-government protests, and one of the biggest explosions of the 21st century. But above the city’s roofs soars an unexpected bearer of hope—the pigeon game of chance “Kash Hamam”. Every evening, in the golden sun above the labyrinth streets, the sky populates, and all over the city swarms of birds fly out of their cages. Their flight follows the choreography of an ancient tradition. A game allegedly invented by embattled kings in the hope of saving their soldiers from the folly of war.

The rules are simple, with each player circling their flock in the hope of luring competing players’ pigeons to join and land back on their roof for them to capture. But the game and its metaphor are far more complex. Despite the rising inflation and sky-high cost of bird food, dedicated players still lovingly raise, feed, and adorn their pigeons with colourful anklets. In a city facing unprecedented modern challenges, its people still manage to find solace through their long-held traditions in this moving portrait of hope in the face of despair.

About the Director

Noor Al-Asswad is a budding Palestinian filmmaker whose works explore the multidirectional connections between memory, identity, loss, history, home, longing, land, and heritage. She was born and raised in Syria until she had to leave in 2012 due to the political turmoil. Her raw and earnest style invites the viewer to jump through time and perspective. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mass Communication in 2018, and Her previous works include 'Noah' (2018) and 'Samha' (2017).

Abdullah Al Khateeb studied sociology at the University of Damascus. Prior to the Syrian revolution, he worked as an activity and volunteer coordinator at UNRWA and was the coordinator of the Youth Support Center in Yarmouk. He founded a social association with friends that is active in the field of humanitarian relief and carries out dozens of projects in several Syrian areas, most notably in the Yarmouk camp. He has participated in directing and filming short films that depict camp life. German magazine Peace Green selected him as a peacemaker in 2014, and he received the Per Anger Human Rights Award in Sweden in 2016.

Lea Najjar was born in Vienna in 1994 and grew up in Beirut. She graduated from the City International School in Beirut and received her Freshman at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in 2013. She has been studying documentary directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg since 2014, creating several short films that have premiered in numerous international festivals. Currently, she is in the production of her Diploma film, ‘Kashkash’ documentary feature film funded by the SWR Young Documentary and the Doha Film Institute.


Lea Najjar
Lea Najjar, Alia Haju
Matthias Drescher
Qutaiba Barhamji
Marcus Vetter
Jonas Schneider
Tobias Wilhelmer
Production Company
FFL Film- und Fernseh-Labor Ludwigsburg GmbH & Co. KG
Sales Company
Rayan Al Obeidyine, Frederic Hellmann
Daniel Kling
Farah Kaddour, Samah Boulmona
Pierre Armand


  • Main Contact

    Mohammad Ali Atassi

    Bidayyat for Audiovisual Arts

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