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The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy (Al Jafat, al Wawi, al Za'ab wa al Sabi)

Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Youth Film Festival 2016

Oualid Mouaness / Short Narrative / Lebanon / 2016 / 20 min / Colour / DCP2K / In Arabic / English subtitles / Gulf 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 rural mountain village in Lebanon, two brothers use their father’s rifle without his permission, thinking they are doing the right thing by neutralising a perceived threat to their livelihood. The consequences of the boys’ actions, however, are more far-reaching than they ever expected. This wonderful coming-of-age parable considers the ethics of seemingly innocuous violence in a carefully constructed warning against the perils of telling lies, misjudging enemies and engaging in the never-ending circle of vengeance.

About the Director

Oualid Mouaness is an independent writer, director and producer working in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. After receiving his MFA in film writing and directing, he had his start at Blue Tulip Productions and brief stint at Fox Kids Network before leaving to produce Mari Kornhauser's 'Kitchen Privileges' (2000). Shortly after that he ran Windmill Lane, a commercial and music-video production company from 2002 to 2005. In 2005, he took on the documentary 'Rize' (2005) directed by David LaChapelle , followed by Adria Petty's 'Paris Not France' (2008). Alongside producing documentaries and films, Mouaness was responsible for high-profile music videos for artists including Katie Perry, Justin Timberlake and Lana Del Rey, and more recently projects with David Bowie under the direction of Floria Sigismondi. In addition to bridging the social and the political through films and documentaries, his outfit Tricycle Logic has expanded to include projects that cover a wider spectrum of media as well as live visual experiences, namely Michael Jackson's posthumous live performance of 'Slave to the Rhythm' (2014), Annie Lennox's 'Nostalgia' (2015) for PBS, and the documentary 'I Am Thalente' (2015). He has directed several short films including ‘Saint in the Sun’ (2002) and 'The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy' (2015). ‘1982’ is his first feature as director.


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