SIMO to screen at Sharjah Film Platform

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SIMO to screen at Sharjah Film Platform


SIMO — an extraordinary drama short film written and directed by Aziz Zoromba — continues to make waves on the festival circuit and is scheduled to screen at the sixth edition of the Sharjah Film Platform, which will be taking place from December 8th to the 17th. 
 
Described as “a revealing, simple, but compelling story on immigrant immersion in Western society,” by Sabina Dana Plasse from Film Threat, SIMO tells the compelling story of the complex brotherhood between Simo and Emad, which is filled with competition and jealousy.
 
In a desire to prove his popularity and his capabilities to his older brother, Simo sneakily takes over Emad's online gaming. However, his actions take a dangerous turn that may seriously impact the future of their family.
 
The short film, which held its international premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and its European premiere at the 73rd Berlinale won numerous awards, including the Best Canadian Short Film Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, Denis Villeneuve's Favorite Short at the 19th Prends Ça Court! Gala, and the Canadian Screen Award for Best Live-Action Short.
 
Before that, SIMO received support from the Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles, the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, CALQ-Government du Quebec, and CAC when it was still a project. 
 
With MAD Solutions handling distribution in the Arab World, the film boasts a talented ensemble cast, including Basel El-Rayes, Seif El-Rayes, and Aladeen Tawfeek, who is known for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, THE HUMMINGBIRD PROJECT, and LONG SHOT. It is also lensed by Alexandre Nour Desjardins, who was nominated for two Canadian Society of Cinematographers Awards. 
 
Aziz Zoromba is a Canadian Egyptian writer and director whose documentaries and feature films explore the themes of cultural identity, assimilation, and intergenerational trauma.
 
He is a graduate of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and an alumnus of the 2019 Sundance Ignite Fellowship.
 
FARAWAY (2020) — his first short documentary — screened at over 30 film festivals around the world, including Slamdance, Camerimage, and RIDM.
 
Zoromba also co-produced the short documentary, NO CRYING AT THE DINNER TABLE, which won over 25 awards and screened at over 80 festivals, including the TIFF, SXSW, and IDFA.