release date January 27 2021
Jordanian Short Film Tala vision Nabs Jury and Audience Awards at Max Ophuls Film Festival
Marking the first time for a medium-length film to win two awards at Max Ophuls Film Festival in Germany, Tala'vision by Jordanian director Murad Abu Eisheh nabbed jury and audience awards during the 42nd Max Ophuls Film Festival that concluded its events on January 24, 2021. The film landed its world premiere at the same festival.

The jury panel commented on the film, saying: “With Tala'vision, the director Murad Abu Eisheh has created a film of the greatest poetry...Through Philip Henze's sensitive camera work, the audience is always at eye level with the impressive young actress Aesha Balasem and we immediately sense the childlike, innocent desire for her television. In only 28 minutes, the director creates a convincing drama in which the irrepressible longing for freedom and, above all, normality continues for a long time.”

Tala'vision won First Steps Award and the Michael Ballhaus Prize, for Best Camera Work. The film was granted by The Jordan Film Fund in its fourth cycle (2019). Also, it was selected by the jury of Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival to take part within Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Market.

The eight-year-old Tala lives within a war-torn reality. She finds her solace and salvation in a banned television, which turns later to a matter of life and death. Directed by Murad Abu Eisheh, Tala'vision stars Aesha Balasem, Ziad Bakri and Khalid Al Tarifi, is shot by Philip Henze and produced by Philipp Raube, Esther Busch, Gabriel Waldvogel and Jude Kawwa. MAD Solutions handles the film’s distribution across the Arab world.

Born in Amman, Jordan 1992. Murad earned his bachelor degree in communication design with a focus on filmmaking from the German Jordanian University - Jordan in 2014. Following his graduation, he immersed himself deeper in his filmmaking journey and directed several short films. Later on he directed some PSA's and commercials for the Royal Hashemite Court of Jordan. In 2016, Murad moved to Germany and enrolled in Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg to complete his directing studies, since then his films have been selected and screened at several respected German and international film festivals for upcoming talents.

Besides his life in the academia and filmmaking, Murad is the founder and coordinator for "Follow The Nile" of the Robert Bosch Stiftung.