Programme 10

Eye Test (2017)
Director: Sudha Padmaja Francis
Narrative ǀ 15 min
Malayalam with English subtitles

Eye Test explores the affective atmosphere of a mother-daughter relationship, the mother’s death and the daughter’s bereavement through the realm of memory. The narrative delves into the mindscape of 27-year-old Nivedita when she visits an eye clinic. The clinic becomes a sensorial space for her, invoking memories of her single mother and her own lonely childhood.

A Stroll Down Sunflower Lane (2016)
Director: Mayye Zayed
Experimental | 14 min
Arabic with English subtitles

An old grandfather, a little granddaughter, an old house and some glimpses of memory. As he was getting older and losing his memories, she was growing up and building hers. The filmmaker uses actors, TK tape recordings, and Super 8 and VHS film from family members to reenact her memories of her late grandfather.

Cursed (2009)
Director: Samer Houssein
Experimental | 3 min
No dialogue

In this 2D animated film, a young vampire risks his life to play with other children like a normal human child. He fears death from exposure to sunlight because his mother died in that way, but neither his fear not his father’s wish that he become a typical vampire prevents him from following his beliefs.

Big Willow (2013)
Director: Jared Katsiane
United States of America
Narrative | 11 min

Blurring the line between dramatic narrative and observational documentary, Big Willow offers an elliptical account of an aspiring artist facing the impending destruction of his favorite subject.

Cherries (2017)
Director: Dubravka Turic
Narrative | 29 min
Serbo-Croatian with English subtitles

Family tensions are eroding what should have been a carefree summer for ten-year-old Jakov. Shielded by his innocence, Jakov does not understand the cause of these troubles, but he can sense a profound injustice in the actions of the grown-ups. Tragic events incite his emotional revolt but also feelings of guilt.

Wintry Spring (2015)
Director: Mohamed Kamel
Narrative | 16 min
Arabic with English subtitles

Nour is a schoolgirl who lives alone with her widowed father. She goes through a crisis on the arrival of her puberty but cannot tell her father, who in turn does not understand the changes that have occurred in her life. Tension results between father and daughter.

The Queen's Pink (2016)
Director: Jayant Dasgupta
Narrative ǀ 15 min
Hindi with English subtitles

In the early 1970s, young Shekhar grapples with issues of independence, time and transposition. A chance encounter with a strikingly mysterious woman turns to infatuation, slowly morphing into a flood-laden ocean of desire that surges with colours, emotions and the human touch. The Queen's Pink stirs the sediments of human soul and skin.

Alexandria (2018)
Director: Ahmed Tag Mohamed
Narrative | 6 min
Arabic with English subtitles

In a coffee house on a rainy day, a young man in his mid-twenties recalls memories of his city, Alexandria, and his relationship to it.

Under the Sky (2015)
Director: Yamen Abd Alnour
Documentary | 40 min
Arabic with English subtitles

Egypt is one of the many countries that have welcomed Syrian immigrants during the deadly war. In this documentary, Syrians in Cairo talk about their inner conflicts, their feelings about losing Syria and the degree to which they have mentally and physically adapted to the new culture and its challenges.