The Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth will present six Childhood Stories in the GCC Short Films category.
FUNN, the Sharjah-based organization that promotes media arts learning among children and youth, has selected six childhood-focused films by filmmakers from across the GCC, to present a rich diversity of voices.
The eighth edition of the Sharjah International Film Festival for Children and Youth (SIFF), to be held virtually October 10-15, provides an opportunity to reflect on the myriad of experiences that shape the lives of a child.
Two films in the GCC Short Films category are directed by filmmakers from the United Arab Emirates. In Childhood trauma, Safa Azarayesh, based in the United Arab Emirates, highlights the impact of growing up in an environment of violence and forces us to connect the dots of trauma from childhood to adulthood. Sarah Al Ali’s Do not give up reinforces the need to persevere even when the going gets tough and emphasizes that eventually the tide will turn – it’s only a matter of time.
Fahad Alotaibi, famous producer and director of television commercials and short films from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, tells a game of life and death in Opportunity.
The multi-lingual Bahraini writer and director Mohammed Sudaif Jeshoo, offers a glimpse into the life of a junior worker who collects garbage for a living. Shot during the pandemic, this 17-minute short film aims to promote humanity and equality between peoples.
In Barcode, commercialism trumps innocence, as few men with large packages go through the daily routine of scanning barcodes. But when things start to get normal is when things start to get dodgy in this movie directed by Muhammad Ali, an actor and screenwriter from Saudi Arabia.
28 minutes To block is headed by Mohammed Atabani, based in Saudi Arabia, who has trained and worked with several well-known production companies in the Kingdom.
As part of its programming, SIFF 2021 presents more than 80 films from 38 countries, including premieres of four in the United Arab Emirates, three in the GCC, 35 from the Middle East and six internationally. The festival will organize 30 workshops bringing together cinema specialists from the Arab world and elsewhere.