More Than Smoke/Here/Power of Generations/Qarantina
More Than Smoke/2min
An homage to Tunisia's Mohammad Al Buazizi whose match ignited historic change, this animated short film uses some of the most unforgettable symbols of the Arab spring revolution to convey the necessity and inevitability of revolutions for defeating dictatorships and oppressive regimes.
In a barbaric political regime, who is the real prisoner the guard who reinforces the policies of the oppressor, or the one behind bars? Through the dialogue between the two, this animated short film examines the advocate for the right of civilians to demonstrate peacefully and nonviolently for basic human rights versus the enforcer.
Power of Generations/3min
Sitting alone on a bench in the middle of the desert, the world develops around a man, deserts turning into pastures, pastures into villages and eventually skyscrapers. The man watches these developments through the passing of generations until global war breaks out. Official selection and jury prize winner Gulf Film Festival 2011 and Best Foreign Mixed Media at the International Family Film Festival 2011.
A broken family lives uneasily within the gated courtyard of a dilapidated Baghdad house. The pregnant daughter has fallen silent, finding some protection from the patriarch's young second wife and his preteen son. Meanwhile, hard up for money, the household must live with a sullen and imperious boarder, a contract killer. In such a house, though, it may be that freedom and safety actually lie beyond the gates. Iraqi filmmaker Oday Rasheed's second feature gorgeously captures contemporary Baghdad's moody interior and stunned atmosphere, echoed in performances by a formidable cast who suggest unexpected resilience in the wake of catastrophe.
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