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Screening of The Parrot at the Festival international du film amateur de Kelibia in Tunisia

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Winner of the Jury Award at the Malmö Arab Film Festival in Sweden

Screening of The Parrot at the Festival international du film amateur de Kelibia in Tunisia


Directors Darin J. Sallam and Amjad Al-Rasheed's short film The Parrot will screen within the events of the 33rd Festival international du film amateur de Kélibia (FIFAK) in Tunisia that will be 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 by MAD Solutions.

Darin J. Sallam is a Jordanian filmmaker who received her MFA degree from the Red Sea Institute for Cinematic Arts (RSICA) in 2012. Sallam has five award-winning shorts to her credit including Still Alive and The Dark Outside, which received prizes and were screened at numerous prominent international film festivals. Her latest short fiction film The Parrot (2016), a joint writing/directing project, received the 2015 Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung. She is currently working on her debut feature narrative film project entitled Farha, recipient of multiple awards and showcased at several international and regional film markets. Sallam is also co-founder and managing partner at TaleBox, a Jordanian production company based in Amman.

Amjad Al-Rasheed is a Jordanian director and producer. He received his MFA degree from the Red Sea Institute for Cinematic Arts (RSICA). After receiving the Best Scenarist Award for Short Fiction at the First Film Production competition in Amman in 2005, Amjad started his career as a director, producer and production designer of music videos and some short and feature films. In 2007, Amjad was selected to attend the Berlinale Talents at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival. His directing credits include five short films that screened at international film festivals. In 2013, he directed the popular Jordanian TV show The Rania Show. Amjad is currently working on his debut feature Inshallah A Boy - A Chapter from The Fabled Life of Nawal. In December 2016, he was listed by ScreenDaily's 'Arab Stars of Tomorrow' among five emerging film talents from the Arab world.