Films from Jordan, or with Jordanian Support, at El Gouna Film
Amman, 18th of September 2019
Three Jordanian films are participating this year at El Gouna Film
Festival (GFF): the feature-length documentary “Tiny Souls” by Dina
Nasser which is competing in the Feature Documentary Competition, as
well as two short movies selected for the festivals’ Short Films
Competition: “Freekeh” by Bassel Ghandour and “Give Up the Ghost” by
third edition of GFF’s program, running from the 19th until the 27th
of September, will showcase 80 Arab and international recent
“Tiny Souls” was screened in Amman last June in the framework of the
Franco-Arab Film Festival organized by the French Cultural Institute
in Jordan in partnership with the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC).
It has also participated in Copenhagen International Documentary
Film Festival, DocsBarcelona International documentary film festival
and Sheffield International Documentary Festival.
This film has received the post-production grant for feature
documentaries from the Jordan Film Fund (JFF) in 2018. JFF was
launched by the RFC to enable filmmakers to tell their stories and
develop the independent film industry and contribute to its
sustainability, especially in Jordan.
Commenting on her film, director Dina Nasser said: “Tiny Souls
portrays children in the context of the Syrian crisis. The tragic
present and future caused by wars are universal and have been
reoccurring over the years, raising generations of traumatized
children across the globe. In a conflict dominated by adults’
decisions, these children have been left out of the conversation,
but they have a great deal to say.”
to “Give Up the Ghost”, by Zain Duraie, the film had its World
Premiere at Venice International Film Festival last month where it
competed in the Orizzonti section for short films. It is worth
mentioning that it has received the production grant for short films
from the Jordan Film Fund (JFF) last year. Whereas “Freekeh”,
directed by Bassel Ghandour, will have its World Premiere at the
upcoming El Gouna Film Festival. The movie portrays how a minor
incident turns violent in one of Amman’s neighborhoods.
addition, two Arab movies, with Jordanian support, are competing in
GFF’s Feature Narrative Competition: The Lebanese “1982” by Oualid
Mouaness; and the Sudanese “You Will Die at 20”, which is the first
feature-length for the director Amjad Abu Alaa and was written by
the screenwriter Yousef Ibraheem.
Both Mouaness and Ibraheem worked on developing their scripts at
“RAWI Screenwriters Lab”, an annual workshop organized by the RFC
and which gives Arab writers an opportunity to develop their scripts
under the supervision of well-known and professional advisors from
all over the world. The Lebanese film participated in Rawi in 2011
while the Sudanese took part in the program in 2016. “You Will Die
at 20” premiered last month at Venice International Film Festival,
and “1982” was screened at Toronto International Film Festival
(TIFF), which took place from the 5th until the 15th of September,
where it has won the NETPAC Award.
another note, El Gouna Film Festival will honor three Arab
personalities including the Jordanian-Palestinian filmmaker Mai
Masri, who directed and produced several films that were screened
worldwide and won over 60 international awards.
Masri’s first narrative film, “3000 Nights” (2015) had its World
Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival and was screened in
several international film festivals where it received over 23
awards. The film was entirely shot in Jordan and has received the
JFF’s production grant for feature-narrative films back in 2012.
“3000 Nights” was selected to represent Jordan at the 2017 Oscar
Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film and Palestine at the Golden