Ajyal Film Festival 2023

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Ajyal Competition

Pierre-Hugues Dallaire, Benoit Therriault / Short Animation / Canada / 2022 / 12 min / Colour
In No Dialogue / (No Subtitles) subtitles
Interests: Documentary, Animation


Canary birds are highly sensitive to their environments. Because of this, they were often used in mining as an indicator to see if the air was safe to breathe. Young Sonny doesn’t like mining much, and he trains his pet canary to play dead so they can take the day off. A prank that leads to unintentional disaster in this well-crafted animated short about honesty, integrity, and friendship.  

About the Directors

Ali El Arabi is a documentary director and producer who has worked with Dream TV (Egypt), ZDF, Stern TV Germany, and National Geographic. In 2015 El Arabi set up Ambient Light—a Cairo-based production company that focuses on topics relevant to the MENA region, such as refugee displacement and women’s and children’s rights. His directorial debut, 'Captains of Zaatari', was at Sundance as an entry for the World Documentary Competition, and the film was named one of the best 15 films at Sundance by Variety.

PH & Ben have been directing together for over 12 years. Their short films and commissioned work have been featured at the Annecy International Film Festival (Share the Joy, IGA; Vraiment Frais, IGA; Aide Gourmet, IGA). Other accolades include Vimeo Staff Picks for ‘Share the Joy’, an Honourable Mention at the Queen Palm International Film Festival, ‘LottoMax Bear’, and a CREA Award for ‘MSSS Smoke’. Their short-circuited but notable attempt at making the short film ‘Outside’ in 2016 led them to ‘Canary’.


Pierre-Hugues Dallaire, Benoit Therriault
Pierre-Hugues Dallaire, Thomas Michael, Benoit Therriault
Marie-Cécile Dahan
Executive Producer
Sébastien Moreau, Jordan Soles
Philippe Sylvain, Jonathan Meret
Guillaume Poulin
Production Company
Rodeo FX
Production Designer
Gabriel Gomez, Pedro Conti
Michael Henrichs, Amjad Abu Alala, Aya Dowara
Iohann M.Miller
Iohann M.Miller
Iohann M. Miller
MIYU Distribution

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