release date March 28 2019
MAD Solutions Screens Four Palestinian Short Films at the NVIC in Cairo
MAD Solutions is screening four Palestinian short films at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute (NVIC), Cairo, on Sunday, March 31. The four films are: A Drowning Man by director Mahdi Fleifel, The Parrot by Darin J. Sallam and Amjad Al Rasheed, BONBONÉ by Rakan Mayasi, and Five Boys and A Wheel by Said Zagha.

In collaboration with Visualizing Palestine, the screening will be held at the institute's headquarters at Dr. Mahmoud Azmy St., Zamalek, as part of the annual event to raise the awareness of the memorial of Al Nakba.

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About A Drowning Man:

A Drowning Man revolves around the life of a Palestinian young man, surrounded by predators in Athens' harsh streets. Hence, He is forced to make compromises merely to survive, and his life of exile grows one day longer.

The film made its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival as the only Arab participation in the Short Films competition and participated in the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), within its Short Cuts competition.

Written and directed by Mahdi Fleifel, A Drowning Man stars Atef Alshafei, Jalal Qaniry, Mounir Al khateeb, Rebih El-Saleous, and Thymios Koukios. The film is produced by Final Cut for Real, Nakba Film Works and distributed through the Arab world by MAD Solutions, while Salaud Morisset is handling the film's world sales.

About The Parrot:

The Parrot tells the story of the Mizrahi Jewish family, who emigrate from Morocco, trying 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

The Parrot had its world premiere at the 13th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) within the Muhr Short competition. The film won the Jury Prize at the Malmo Arab Film Festival in Sweden. It was one of the film projects funded by the German Robert Bosch Stiftung Foundation, which funds the Best German-Arab film projects. The film received the 2015 Film Prize of RBS in the short fiction category.


In less than 16 minutes, BONBONÉ follows a Palestinian inmate serving time in an Israeli jail receives a visit from his wife who devises a bold and crafty operation to fulfill their secret desires.

BONBONÉ landed its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) within its Short Cuts competition.

Written and directed by Rakan Mayasi, BONBONÉ stars Saleh Bakri, Rana Alamuddin and features Nadira Omran. BONBONÉ is produced by Groundglass235 in co-production with The Postoffice and Mad4Films, and in association with db Studios. MAD Solutions is responsible for distributing the film across the Arab world and Salaud Morisset is responsible of international sales.

About Five Boys and A Wheel:

Set in Jordan, a young father has to help his son out of a petty conflict with the neighbors. As the parents of each respective family are summoned to discuss the issue at hand, the discussions begin to quickly spin out of control, putting the values of the father to test.

Directed by Said Zagha, Five Boys and A Wheel stars Ali Suliman, Nadira Omran and Haydar Kfoof. The film is based on American author Raymond Carver's short story 'Bicycles, Muscles, Cigarettes'.

The film won the Golden Wahr award at the Oran International Arabic Film Festival in Algeria and the Silver Palm award at the Mexico International Film Festival. The film made its world premiere at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF). MAD Solutions distributes the film across the Arab world.