Ajyal Film Festival 2023

All Films

Palestinian Shorts Programme - The Present (The Present)

Ajyal Competition

Farah Nabulsi / Short Narrative / Palestine, Qatar / 2019 / 24 min / Colour
In Arabic, English, Hebrew / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Politics, Family
Middle East Premiere


On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. But a seemingly simple task proves otherwise

About the Directors

Farah Nabulsi is an Academy Award Nominated and BAFTA Award Winning Palestinian British filmmaker. She started working in the film industry as a writer and producer of short fiction films. These include ‘Today They Took My Son’, endorsed by British Director Ken Loach and screened at the United Nations. ‘The Present’, her directorial debut, which she also co-wrote and produced, premiered at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2020 and won the coveted Audience Award for Best International Film. It went on to win over 40 International Film Festival Jury and Audience Awards, a BAFTA Award and an Oscar Nomination. ‘The Present’ was licensed internationally, including with Canal+ and Netflix Worldwide. Farah has been invited to serve as a jury member at a number of film festivals and as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Farah Nabulsi
Farah Nabulsi, Hind Shoufani
Ossama Bawardi
Benoit Chamaillard
Hind Shoufani
Adam Benobaid
Saleh Bakri, Maryam Kanj

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