Facets of life including education, the media, expatriation and the way we dress all inform perspectives from South Sudan, Iraq, Iran and Libya in the first installment of Filmatique's Banned Nations Shorts & Docs Program. Available to watch here, for free.
Ba Ne Jek Mal (We Meet in Peace) by Sean Patrick Fahey / South Sudan, 2014
James finds a book with blank pages and decides he wants to be a great writer one day. One problem: he doesn't know how to read and write. We Meet in Peace is a story of friendship set within contemporary South Sudan, a region embroiled in a violent civil war, and focuses on the idea that education should be a basic human right.
Beirut International Film Festival / Luxor African Film Festival / Swaziland Film Festival
Sean Patrick Fahey is an activist, tech innovator, and feature film director living in Minneapolis.
Warm Night by Ayman Al-Shatri / Iraq, 2015
Messages travel through strange news on a night of chaos and destruction.
Alexandria Short Film Festival / Best Screenplay, Samawa International Film Festival / Best Editing & Best Design, Festival Film & Television Arts / Best Film, Baghdad International Film Festival
Ayman Al-Shatri is an award-winning Iraqi screenwriter, producer and film director who started his professional career as an editor of Iraqi films.
Iran in Transit by Ghazaleh Golbakhsh / Iran, 2012
After a 17-year absence, a young filmmaker journeys from New Zealand back to her native Iran. A meditation on the meaning of home, and what it's like to be an outsider in the place of one's birth.
Tel Aviv International Film Festival / Audience Award, TAKES Short Film Festival / Beijing Student Film Festival / European Day for Border Guards Conference / First Frame Student Film Festival / ChopShots Documentary Film Festival South East Asia with Goethe Institut
Ghazaleh Golbakhsh is an Iranian-New Zealand writer and filmmaker based in Auckland. She is a former Fulbright Scholar, member of the Sundance Institute, and PhD candidate at the University of Auckland.
The Random by Osama Rezg / Libya, 2015
An ordinary Libyan citizen tries to cope with different ideologies by changing the way he dresses. The Random examines post-revolution Libyian society and the way individuals try to uphold their opinions by force.
Arabic Film Tübingen / Best African Short, Art City Short Film / Alwaha Award, Festival International for Arabic Films in Gabes
Osama Rezg is an award-winning Libyan television, documentary, and feature film director.