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Chained Prey

Spring Grants 2021 - Production Stage

Esmail Zalat / Short Narrative / Egypt, Qatar / 2022 / 10 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Animation


An Indian falcon, Raja, lives in the Arabian Gulf with his falconer, Sultan. While Raja has more food than he would ever need, he occasionally goes with his falconer for simulated desert hunts. One day, Sultan decides to release Raja into the desert to live like a wild bird. Raja faces the moment of fear of losing his secured life forever—and he is forced to choose between existing as a pet or living as a free falcon.


Esmail Zalat
Muhammad Refaat
Muhammad Refaat

About the Director

Esmail Zalat is an Egyptian concept artist and filmmaker who holds a bachelor's in Fine Arts. He has worked on several projects with remarkable studios in the Arab region. Through the past eight years, he has developed substantial experience in concept art after building a deep base of the different aspects of arts and design. He worked as an assistant director and art director on some short films. In 2018, he decided to make his own film, 'Chained Prey', as a director. Zalat is very passionate about the animated comic style. His previous works reflected his deep interest in painting and animated motion.


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    Muhammad Refaat

    Aljazeera Media Network

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