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Systems of Power shorts program; MENA Film Festival

Systems of Power

Shorts Program

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Systems of Power investigates the local consequences of global power structures within the SWANA region. Through experimental and narrative form, these films reflect on the impacts of imperialism, colonialism, capitalism and patriarchy in everyday life.

A Winner
Mehdi Mahaei, Iran, 20 min, Persian with English subtitles
This film is about the story of a female filmmaker who lives and works in her mother’s greenhouse. After her film gets selected in a reputable film festival abroad, she is faced with problems to leave the country.

Road to El Kef
Isen Kammoun, USA/Tunisia, 30 min, Arabic and English with English subtitles
With his mother and brother gone, a vulnerable teenager living in northern Tunisia charts a path that threatens to tear apart what remains of his family.

Ghiath Al Al Mhitawi, Syria, 16 min, Arabic (Syrian) with English subtitles
Husam is a Syrian soldier who visits his Family in Damascus on a 24 hour leave. He sits in the kitchen and after a long absence enjoys the company and food of his mother, but there is a lump in his throat.

Father’s Land (Terra dei padri)
Francesco Di Gioia, Italy, 12 min, Libyan Arabic with English subtitles
1910s. Poems with alternate rhymes narrate a journey by sea and by rail. These are the verses of Fadil Hasin Ash-Shalmani who witness a historical fact often forgotten: the deportation of civilians during the Italian occupation in Libya.

Three Songs Without Z
Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne with Zakaria Almoutlak, USA/Belgium/Syria, 36 min, English and Arabic with English subtitles
A portrait of Zakaria Almoutlak, a sculptor and media activist from Homs, Syria, who fled the civil war in 2015. A triptych of songs, performed by singers Aliana de la Guardia and Ganavya Doraiswamy, evoke memories of his fractured homeland.



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Various with English subtitles

114 min

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