4 Regional Films We Can't Wait To See At Sundance Film Festival

From Syria to Palestine, this year's festival line-up is all about Middle Eastern storytelling...

This year's Sundance Film Festival kicks off on the 24 January and runs until 3 February in Park City, Utah. One of the most highly-anticipated annual festivals - especially when it comes to emerging films - the platform showcases work from filmmakers around the globe, with over 14,259 submissions from 152 countries. The region is representing hard at this year's festival, so make a mental note of the films you won't want to miss, from Syria to Palestine...

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“Dunya’s Day”

'International Shorts' Category

The comedic short film is about Dunya, an upper-class Arab woman, seeking major social validation. She's abandoned by her domestic help after going out of her way to throw the perfect graduation soirée, which naturally becomes a magnet for disaster. Saudi director Raed Alsemari’s vision is to portray different narratives of the Middle East, this short film being more of an Arab version of Mean Girls.

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“Aziza”

'International Shorts' Category

This mini short film shot by Syrian director Soudade Kaadan is a dynamic take on the life of Syrian refugees told through some seriously dark comedy. Kaadan debuted her work last year at the 2018 Venice International Film Festival, receiving rave reviews.

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“Gaza”

'World Documentary' Category

In this deeply visceral film, we see Palestine through the eyes of 17-year-old Karma Khaial. This beautiful and revelatory production was award-winning Beirut-based photographer Andrew McConnell’s first film and the work of award-winning director and producer Garry Keane.

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“Brotherhood”

'International Shorts' Category

Tunisian-American Director Meryam Joobeur’s short film follows a hardened Tunisian shepherd's son who returns home after a long journey with a new wife. A tense and telling tale about father and son dynamics.


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