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Spring Grant 2013 - Production, Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETE

Nidal Al Dibs / Feature Documentary / Egypt, Qatar, Syria / 2014 / 70 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Documentary, Social Issues, Politics, Youth

Synopsis

Nidal, a Syrian filmmaker, must leave his home city of Damascus. He locks his door behind him and arrives in Cairo with his family for what initially seems like a short trip. Between longing for his home, waiting to return, and his desire to make a film about dreams born here and there—he finds a film in the attempted bringing back to life of an old, abandoned cinema theatre. He carries his life from back in Damascus on a small USB flash drive containing home videos with his family.

Amid shooting his film about the theatre renovation and the videos he asked his friends to shoot of his home in Syria—unfolds the story of two spaces lost in darkness and silence. As he continues to film his life and family in Cairo, the cinema there becomes his home, and in turn, his home becomes a cinema. Both waiting for the dream, the light, the air, and the sounds of friends. War and repression defeat the dream and take over even the beautiful memory of home and cinema.

Credits

Director
Nidal Al Dibs
Screenwriter
Nidal Al Dibs
Producer
Mostafa Youssef

About the Director

Nidal Al-Dibs was born in 1960 in Syria. An architect and director, he graduated from the Moscow VGIK in 1995. His previous films include the short ‘Ya Leil Ya Ein’ (1999), Official Competition at Clermont-Ferrand; ‘Under the Ceiling’ (2005), winning the Jury Prize at Salla Film Festival as well as the Best Actress prize at the Wahran Film Festival; and ‘Black Stone’ (2006), Special Mention at the Ismailia Film Festival, and Official Selection out of competition at the 2013 Locarno Film Festival. His film, ‘Taming’ (2010), had its premiere at Abu Dhabi Film Festival.

Production Company Profile

Seen Films is a Cairo-based film house that produces and supports authentic and innovative works seeking to live beyond the traditional boundaries of the screen.
Seen Films also organizes several film industry and development activities, offer creative and production services; utilizing its storytelling expertise to break through mainstream formats reaching wider audience.

Awards and Festival History


Awards

Won Best Film at Ismaileya Documentary Co-Production Platform 2014 (Egypt)

Contacts

  • Main Contact

    Mostafa Youssef

    Company: 
    Seen Films
    Phone: 
    +20 227 510 415
    Email: 
    mostafa@seenfilms.com

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