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Fall Grants 2016 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Ghassan Jaradat / Short Narrative / Jordan, Germany, Qatar / 2017 / 10 min / Original Language: Arabic, English / Interests: Animation, Drama, Social Issues, Fantasy, Identity, Children

Synopsis

Fathi Moftah, a child refugee, is obsessed with collecting keys. One day, while he is working at his father’s locksmith shop, he finds a hidden turquoise door behind the keys that cover the walls of the shop. The discovery of the mysterious door transforms Fathi’s collection into magical keys that give him access to many fantastical worlds. He goes on a journey, alternating between fantasy and reality, that causes chaos and havoc for his family. He unknowingly opens the wounds of his father, destroys what is dear to his mother, and steals what is left of home from his grandmother, all in the process of learning of his right to return to his homeland.

Credits

Director
Ghassan Jaradat
Screenwriter
Ghassan Jaradat
Producer
Ghassan Jaradat, Georg Neubert

About the Director

Ghassan Jaradat is a director and screenwriter based in Amman. He is currently a resident writer and director at Writers’ Cell, a Middle Eastern creative writing and creative content company, as well as a freelance assistant director for Telemax Productions. He specialises in creative directing and conceptual design, and has turned many conventional projects into pieces of commercial art for prominent companies. He received his bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Culture from Occidental College in Los Angeles. During his studies he gained valuable experience from studying abroad in Prague.

Production Company Profile

Reynard is an anthropomorphic red fox and trickster figure and is the central character in a literary cycle of allegorical French, Dutch, English, and German fables. Reynard Films specialises in short and feature films, and web-series. With the fox in their logo, Reynard Films is particularly interested in telling stories from fairy tales that dive deep into a surreal, magical world that can only exist in films.

Contacts

  • Production Company

    Ghassan Jaradat Films

    Company: 
    Ghassan Jaradat Films
    Phone: 
    +962 798 066 208
    Email: 
    jaradatgh@gmail.com

  • Production Company

    Reynard Films

    Company: 
    Reynard Films
    Phone: 
    +4915231753700
    Email: 
    post@reynardfilms.de

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