ASWAT: Short Films By & About Women

Filmfest DC+ and the Arabian Sights Film Festival are pleased to present a special program of shorts by women directors and focusing on women's issues.
Total running time: 103 minutes.


Rungano Nyoni and Hamy Ramezan
Denmark/Finland, 2014, 13 minutes

An Arab woman in a burqa files a complaint against her abusive husband, but the translator seems unwilling to convey the true meaning of her words.
In Arabic and Finnish with English subtitles
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The Wedding Singer's Daughter

Haifaa Al-Mansour
Italy/USA, 2018, 8 minutes

A new short from the director of Wadjda. It's nighttime in 1980s Riyadh. Women in traditional black abayas make their way into a wedding hall. All eyes and ears are on the wedding singer...until the electricity cuts out suddenly.
In Arabic with English subtitles
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Claire Fowler
USA, 2018, 13 minutes

Salam is a woman, a Muslim, a Palestinian-Syrian, a New Yorker, a wife...and a Lyft driver.
In Arabic and English with English subtitles
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The Neighbor

Nayla Al Khaja
United Arab Emirates, 2013, 18 minutes

Sarah moves to Dubai for a new job and finds herself feeling lonely until she receives a visit from her neighbor, an old Emirati woman who doesn't understand a word she says.
In Arabic with English subtitles

Black Mamba

Amel Guellaty
Tunisia, 2017, 20 minutes

Sarra, a young middle-class girl from Tunis, is engaged to a well-to-do boy and everything, on the surface, is going exactly as her conservative mother planned. But Sarra is hiding a secret plan to escape her current life.
In Arabic with English subtitles
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Battalion to my Beat

Eimi Imanishi
Algeria/USA/Western Sahara, 2017, 13 minutes

A restless and rebellious teen girl, feeling confined by her restrictive daily life in a Saharawi refugee camp, runs away to join the army, seeking to liberate both her people and herself.
In Arabic with English subtitles
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In person: director Eimi Imanishi. Q&A to be moderated by Samirah Alkassim, filmmaker and Adjunct Associate Professor at George Mason University's Film and Video Studies Department.

The Parrot

Darin J. Sallam and Amjad Al Rasheed
Germany/Jordan, 2016, 18 minutes

1948. Haifa, Palestine. A Mizrahi Jewish family from Tunisia tries to settle into their new life, but is haunted by a rather disturbing houseguest - a parrot left behind by the former Arab residents.
In Arabic, Hebrew, and Yiddish with English subtitles
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Sunday, October 28
2:00 PM