Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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Silence (بێدەنگی)

Ajyal Competition, Ajyal at Vox

Brwa Vahabpour / Short Narrative / Norway, Iraq / 2020 / 15 min / Colour / DCP
In Kurdish / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Drama
MENA Premiere


Inspired by the filmmaker’s own mother and her experience with hearing loss, ‘Silence’ is an insightful short that tells the story of a young deaf girl who struggles to fit in. Nine-year-old Bahar has recently lost her ability to hear due to an infection. Her parents cannot afford to send her to a special needs school, so she begins to feel increasingly isolated from her peers. This feeling of alienation is the beginning of a series of desperate acts culminating in an attempt to cure herself.

About the Directors

Brwa Vahabpour is a Kurdish-Norwegian filmmaker from Trondheim with a bachelor’s degree in directing from The Norwegian Film School (2018). He has directed the award-winning short films 'Pomegranate', 'The Shepherd' and 'Silence', which screened at A-festivals such as Short Shorts, Palm Springs, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Encounters and Aspen short fest. 'Silence' won the Screen Talent Europe-pitch prize in 2019 and won best edit at The Norwegian short film festival in 2020.


Brwa Vahabpour
Renée Mlodyszewski
Brynjar Lien Aune
Executive Producer
Lea Drecher, Mehmet Aktaş, Dyveke Bjørkly Graver
Matias Frøystad
Łukasz Zamaro
Production Company
Oslo Pictures AS
Matias Frøystad
Oslo Pictures AS
Ebru Ayse Caki, Hussein Hassan, Shabu Solimany

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