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New Voices in Cinema

Mortada Gzar / Short Narrative / Iraq, Qatar / 2017 / 12 min / DCP/3D
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Animation, Fantasy
Rated: Mature subject matter. Not suitable for minors. Individuals under the age of 18 are not admitted into cinemas.



Used to reading and printing Braille, a blind man in Baghdad becomes a giant and finds he can “read” the scars of his bombarded city just as he reads texts – and can send messages by creating scars of his own. Wonderfully detailed animation creates a strange, almost surreal world to house an elegant message of the need for communication to resolve conflict.

About the Director

Mortada Gzar is an Iraqi novelist. His published novels include ‘Paradise Broom’ (2008) and ‘Mr. Asgar & Akbar’ (2011). ‘God, Forgive Nadima!’, his first short film, screened in competition at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2014.


Mortada Gzar
Mortada Gzar
Mortada Gzar

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