International Kelibia Amateur Film Festival : Screening of the Parrot 

Directors Darin J. Sallam and Amjad Al-Rasheed’s short film The Parrot will be screend as part of the 33rd International Kelibia Amateur Film Festival (FIFAK) in Tunisia held from 12 to 18 August. The screening will take place at the Open Air Theater on Tuesday, 14 August at 10:00 pm, as part of an honorary tribute to Palestine.

Established in 1964, the Festival international du film amateur de Kélibia (FIFAK) is a film festival organized by the Fédération Tunisienne des Cinéastes Amateurs (FTCA). The festival is held with the support of the Tunisian Ministry of Culture and the Centre National du Cinéma et de L’image (CNCI), in collaboration with the Municipality of Kélibia. FIFAK aims to facilitate the promotion and dissemination of works of amateur film, allow amateur filmmakers to share their experiences including the discussion on films participants, and facilitate communication between different national cultures.

Most recently, the film took part in the Chicago Palestine Film Festival in USA and screened at the Royal Film Commission – Jordan (RFC), in addition to winning two Jury Awards at the 2018 Twin Cities Arab Film Festival in Minnesota, USA and the 7th Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden. The film is funded by the German Foundation Robert Bosch Stiftung (RBS), which funds the Best German-Arab film projects.The Parrot received the 2015 Film Prize of RBS in the short fiction category. The Parrot had its world premiere at the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) within the Muhr Short competition.

The Parrot tells the story of a Mizrahi Jewish family, who emigrates from Tunisia and tries to settle into their new life in Haifa, Palestine in 1948. Directed by Darin J. Sallam and Amjad Al-Rasheed, the film stars Hend Sabry, Ashraf Barhoum, Yasmine Ben Amara, Eyad Hourani, Firas Taybeh, Lara Sawalha, and Ahmad Al-Madani, and written by Darin J. Sallam, Amjad Al-Rasheed and Rifqi Assaf.

The film is a German/Jordanian co-production between the German company Monokel (Roman Roitman) and the Jordanian company TaleBox (Deema Azar). The film is distributed in the Arab world byMAD Solutions.

TunisianMonitorOnline (Source :Albawaba)

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