So, you’ve made it to my digital space! I’m an independent / experimental filmmaker who strives to make [no- or low-budget] films in an increasingly commercial world! My films explore the absurdity of reality. Check out my work below complemented by the director’s commentary! 🙂
Hair: The Story of Grass (2018) شعر: قصة عشب
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بعد أن تخلى عنها أميرها، تخدم سندريلا الضيوف، بينما يحاول بيتربان الفرار من الجسد الذي حُبس فيه
Abandoned by her prince, an Arabian Cinderella is left serving guests. Meanwhile, her mentally-challenged warden attempts to escape the body of the hairy grown up he is trapped in. The film explores societal attitudes towards beauty standards and hairiness. “Cultural attitudes towards beauty standards are exhaustively unpacked in this delirious satire, about how hair dictates the social mobility of a put-upon caretaker and her intellectually challenged ward.” – Peter Kuplowsky, Fantastic Fest
Fear: Audibly (2017) الخوف: صوتيا
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بينما تلوح علامات القيامة في الأفق، تنتظر أمل سماع الصوت الذي سينهي البشرية. في خضم صراعها مع أحاسيس الخوف والذنب، يغزو ضيوف غير متوقعين مقر عملها
Anxious that Judgment Day is on the horizon, Amal keenly awaits to hear the Trumpet of Doom; One day, unexpected guests invade her office space to confirm her fears. Could the incessant mewing of cats in her office be the first sign?
Official Selections: Fantastic Fest, The 4th Saudi Film Festival, The Arab Film Festival of Rotterdam, KFCC competition, Ahsa Short Social Film Festival, Festival du Film Arabe de Fameck, Madrid International Film Festival, Arab cinema festival in Paris
Wadi (2019) وادي
“A middle aged man, desperate for money and on the verge of losing his memory is lost in the desert to confront his past mistakes.” I worked on this project as an editor. Director: Kanakaraj Balasubramanyam, DP: Arul Sakthi Sankar.
EAT ME: Cycle of apples (2019) كليني: دورة التفاح
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التفاحة هي مخلوق أسطوري ارتبط بنساء عالقات في أدوار فرضت عليهن في الحقيقة والخيال: من فاكهة محرمة كسرت بسببها امرأة القيود، إلى سم اعطته ساحرة لاغواء طفلة.
An apple is a mythical creature that has defined women with roles that repeat cyclically in myth and society. A group of women are trapped in a cycle defined by an apple: a forbidden fruit that brings maturity and wisdom, as well as one of seduction.
The 1 minute version is an official selection of the TIFFxInstagram competition on and was posted on @tiff_net on July 12, 2018. It is currently being developed into a short film.
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Maha Al-Saati (@elosnest)’s brilliant EAT ME: CYCLE OF APPLES is a fable of women’s suffering, inspired by Eve’s “forbidden apple” in the Garden of Eden, and Snow White. Filmed in Saudi Arabia, it could be set anywhere in the world today, with its urgent and all-too-timely message about the cycle of abuse against women — best viewed on a loop for full effect. 🍎 “I aspire to keep on truly exploring what it means to be a female in the changing landscape of Saudi Arabia.” 📽 Keep voting (by liking ❤️) for your favourite #TIFFxInstagram shorts from now til July 18 to help crown the Audience Award winner. . . . . #shortfilm #filmfestival #director #editor #cinematographer #digitalshort #saudiarabia #womeninfilm #femalefilmmakers #womensrights #gardenofeden #apple
Music by Lee Maddeford – Geneviève
“She took EVERYTHING, but I still control the AC” (2018)
A man finds himself a victim of an ugly divorce, so he plots revenge from his ex-wife in the heat of the Summer. (Inspired by a true amazon review).
Starring Sally Zack, Fahad Alghamdi, Nawaf Al-Abdulqader and Mohammad Al-shehab
The Prepared (2019) المتأهب
“A Motivational speaker resorts to drugs to boost his energy, but when all is going well with his speech, things take a wrong turn. ” A PSA for a no-drug competition. I was also Assistant Director, Co-Screenwriter, Editor and Sound Designer of “The Prepared” directed by Feras Almusharrie (CinemaTiki) and DP-ed by Hamad Al-Ateeq.
Wicked Beach (2018)
I took this footage when i was alone on this Jubail beach being polluted by some weird liquid poured by pipes. I found the song that best suited my feelings then. Maybe it’s 1989 Cliche but Chris Isaac’s “wicked games” felt familiar in a nostalgic way.. though I don’t recall being formally introduced to it before.
Too beautiful to eat (2018)
“Butterflies are too beautiful to eat” (2018), even ants realize this. Our home is infested with ants that come marching every time I kill a fly or a bug happens to die.. yesterday, I found a dead butterfly. I brought it home and they didn’t even touch it.. I wondered if it was too beautiful to eat.
Group Passout (2018) غيبوبة جماعية
e-pidemic (2018) آفة إلكترونية
تقتحم مجموعة أسماء وهمية هدوء عالم غسان على تويتر، فيجد نفسه في مواجهة شرسة أمام تنمرهم الإلكتروني.
A group of anonymous twitter accounts attack Ghassan on twitter, placing him in the midst of a vicious cyberbullying battle
The film screened on Qomrah 3 Show, MBC 1, June 11th, 2018 (Ramadan 26th, 1439 h.)
Screenplay by Saad Al-Motham. Starring: Faisal Al-Shaheen, Mansour Al-Nasser, Abdullah Haidar, Abdulhalim Al-Nami. Posters that appear in the backgrounds are by Dana Al-Arifi, Layla AlKhalifah, Shooq Almuzaial, Batool Alalwyat. listen to the e-crime song from the film.
Plastic Dystopia (2016)
The tale of a city that falls under the curse of the creature that never dies: Plastic. This short musical documentary is an experimental exploration of the effect plastic waste is affecting our cities. قصة مدينة وقعت تحت لعنة مخلوق لا يموت أبدا: البلاستك
Elo’s Nest (2016) عُش إيلو
بينما تلعب صديقتان بالدمى تظهر امرأة غريبة لتخبرهن عن أسطورة أسوانق الفلبينية، والتي ينفصل رأسها عن جسدها للبحث عن دماء البشر. يحرك الفضول إحداهن للبحث عن عش هذا الوحش في حقول مجاورة، فتضطر صديقتها لمواجهة مخاوفها الدفينة.
As two friends play with their dolls, a mysterious woman appears to tell them the myth of the headless Aswang. The girls venture into the fields near the abandoned houses to find this creature’s nest.
Screenings: This was my first complete short narrative film. I hope to think I have developed a lot since then. It screened at the 3rd Saudi Film Festival on March 25th, 2016; The Bare Bones International Music & Film Festival, Oklahoma, USA Apr 20th, 2017; The Saudi TV channel Sat 7 April 2018.
Entering is not like Exiting (2017) دخول الحمام مو زي خروجه:
In his attempt to land an acting role, a man falls into the trap of a man-hating woman seeking revenge.
أثناء محاولة رجل الحصول على دور تمثيلي، اكتشف أنه وقع في كمين امرأة تنوي الانتقام من الرجال
Nazera’s Big Break (2016) نقطة تحول نزيرة:
مرت نزيرة بنقطة تحولت فيها من ربة منزل اعتيادية لأم تعتنق أسلوبا رياضيا للحياة، وتحاول أن تحدث فرقا إيجابيا في محيطها.
A typical house wife embraces an athletic lifestyle, and tries to make a difference in the lives of those around her.
هنا هي حلقة قمرة الكاملة عن موضوع الرياضة، والتي عرضت بتاريخ ٣٠ رمضان ١٤٣٦ الموافق ٦ يوليو ٢٠١٦، كما عرضت نبذة عن حلقتنا في أول حلقة لقمرة في الدقيقة ٤:٤٤
Yep, we had to spread this poster around social media. I realized that asking people to vote for us is like a popularity contest. u’d think social awkwardness should have ended upon graduating from high school! I finished editing this short documentary on March 10th, 2016. It was submitted to the Qomrah show, hosted by Ahmad Al-Shugairi, and aired on MBC on the 30th of Ramadan 1437 (6 Jul 2016).
Nostalgia: The Story of a Building (2015, 3:25 min) نوستالجيا: قصة مبنى
تروي علياء قصة رغبتها بأن تصبح مصممة منذ أن كانت في الصف الخامس ابتدائي.
This short biographical documentary tells the story of Alya, a student who graduated from UOD’s College of Design in the Summer of 2015. She narrates the story of how she dreamed of studying design as a child by reflecting on her memories while visiting the abandoned old building.
e-crime unit song أغنية وحدة الجرائم الإلكترونية
The Language of Cats (2018) لغة البساس
هل تفضل تعرف إنك تعرف؟ أو تعرف إنك ما تعرف؟ أو ما تعرف إنك ما تعرف؟ فيديو يروي قصة بستنا الشخصية مع تأملات في موضوع التطور اللغوي عند المخلوق المدعو انسان
Would you prefer to know that you know? or know that you don’t know, or don’t know that you don’t know? The story of our cats in making me realize the importance of linguistic evolution in human beings.
I made fun of a guy for using hotmail (2017) with the googlization of everything comes a price: our privacy is at risk as google spies on our email. We make jokes about people still using hotmail, but the joke is actually on us.
A designated area for women (2017) is often a phrase that accompanies many gender-segregated events in Saudi Arabia. With the increasing empowerment of women in Saudi, this phrase might go extinct, but this is a homage for those good ol’ times.
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