Ajyal Film Festival 2022

All Films

Hafreiat

Ajyal Competition

Alex Sardà / Feature Documentary / Spain, Qatar, Jordan / 2022 / 78 min / Colour
In Arabic, English, Spanish / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Documentary

Synopsis

Abo Dya is a fugitive from Amman who lives in Gneyya, a small village in northern Jordan. He resides there with his wife and son Dya, and they are expecting their second child to be born in the coming weeks. Abo Dya is one of the Jordanian workers hired for a Spanish archaeological expedition which has become a primary source of income for the villagers. The working conditions are arduous, and the relationship with their foreign employers is becoming increasingly tense. The only realistic solution Abo Dya sees is to return to Amman, which his family is unwilling to do because of the risk of returning to his criminal past.

Alex Sardà’s empathetic documentary chronicles a man’s relationship with his family as they attempt to find security in uncertain times. With a strong personality and blind determination, Abo Dya tries to improve the working conditions of the site by leading a strike. He confronts the Spanish team leading the dig and schools his young son on the side to prevent him from falling into the same trap he has. Ultimately, the film questions the possibility of genuine rehabilitation in a society that is reluctant to forget a person’s past transgressions.

About the Directors

Alex Sardà collaborates primarily with the production companies 15L Films and Nanouk Films. His short documentary ‘Ciutat de Granada 145-147-149’ premiered at the London Architecture Film Festival 2021. Previously he made two short narrative films, ‘Gang’ (2020), awarded at the FICC 2020 festival for Best Direction and ‘Fuga’ (2021), which was awarded at the 2021 Malaga Festival, with the Silver Biznaga for Best Actor. His documentary feature film ‘Hafreiat’ (2022) was developed in the documentary forums of Thessaloniki and Lau Haizetara of San Sebastian. He is currently developing his second feature film with 15L Films and Boogaloo Films.

Credits

Director
Alex Sardà
Screenwriter
Alex Sardà, Txell Llorens
Producer
Carlota Coloma
Executive Producer
Carlota Coloma, Jumana Saadeh, Adria Lahuerta
Cinematographer
Artur-Pol Camprubí
Editor
Ariadna Ribas
Production Company
15L FILMS, Al Jazeera Documentary Channel
Sound
Fares Al Werr
Mixing
Eric Aràjol
Music
Sergi Alejandre, Rasheed Jalloul
Distributor
Begin Again Films

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