Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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Summer Fasting (Jeûne d'été)

Ajyal Competition, Ajyal at Vox

Abdenoure Ziane / Short Narrative / France / 2020 / 18 min / Colour / DCP2K
In French / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Comedy, Coming of age, Religion, Youth, Immigration, Family, Friendship, Education
MENA Premiere


Scorching beneath the summer sun, eleven-year-old Kader is determined to observe Ramadan for the first time. He is accompanied on this monumental endeavour by his best friend Rudy, who isn’t Muslim and considers this tradition a new game. To survive the day, the two children must elude hunger, thirst, and boredom. ‘Summer Fasting’ is a light-hearted short about moral duty, friendship and family satiated with a generous serving of humour and candour along the way.

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About the Directors

Following his bachelor’s degree, Abdenoure Ziane joined Luc Besson’s Ecole de la Cité in the screenplay department. Since 2015, he has worked as a technician and assistant on sets. He is a member of Sans Gêne, a group that organises exhibitions and cultural events in Paris. In 2019 he directed his first short ‘Manifesto’ starring Darina Al-Joundi, Antonio Buíl and Guillaume Cloud-Roussel. His second film ‘Jeûne d’été (Summer Fasting)’ won the Moulin D’Andé Grand Prix and was selected by the Clermont-Ferrand International short film festival.


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