my films

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 a material world! My films explore the absurdity of reality. Check out my work below complemented by the director’s commentary! 🙂 These low-budget films are often brought to life by the tireless efforts of amazing volunteers & friends coming together to make art happen. Thank you, awesome people! 

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Cycle of apples (In-Production, 2019) دورة التفاح

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نساء عالقات في أدوار فرضت عليهن بسبب أسطورة التفاحة: من فاكهة محرمة تعد بالحياة الأبدية، إلى سم أعطته ساحرة لإهلاك سنووايت

A group of women are trapped in a cycle defined by an apple: a forbidden fruit that promises eternal life to Adam & Eve, and a poisoned apple given to Snow White. This tale explores the mythical roles that have defined women in society.

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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

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Official Selections: Slamdance, Fantastic FestCourts Mais Trash, Beirut DC Cinema DaysChattanooga Film Festival, Arab Film Festival of Rotterdam, 5th Saudi Film Festival, Falcon Art Festival, The 14th Arab Film Festival at The Arab American National Museum (AANM)

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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?

"Fear: Audibly" Poster Design by Suad Alduailej

Official Selections:  Fantastic FestThe 4th Saudi Film FestivalThe Arab Film Festival of Rotterdam, KFCC competitionAhsa Short Social Film FestivalFestival du Film Arabe de FameckMadrid International Film FestivalArab cinema festival in Paris

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“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). The 30 sec version was featured in the Fantastic Fest 2018 bumper contest.

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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

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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.

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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: Arulsakthi Sankar Jayaprathaban

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Last Time (2019) آخر مرة

“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, Co-Editor and Sound Designer. Film directed by Feras Almusharrie (CinemaTiki). <watch video>

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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.

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Group Passout (2018) غيبوبة جماعية

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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

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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.

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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.

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Nazera’s Big Break (2016) نقطة تحول نزيرة: 

A typical house wife embraces an athletic lifestyle, and tries to make a difference in the lives of those around her.

مرت نزيرة بنقطة تحولت فيها من ربة منزل اعتيادية لأم تعتنق أسلوبا رياضيا للحياة، وتحاول أن تحدث فرقا إيجابيا في محيطها. 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

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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.

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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.

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