SHORTS IN COMPETITION: STUDENT

NESMA'S BIRDS

Directed by Najwan Ali and Medoo Ali
SHORT NARRATIVE 7 Minutes US Premiere
FILM GUIDE NESMA'S BIRDS
Awkward 11-year-old, Nesma, is at odds with the world around her since she began caring for her father’s pigeons after his death. Already facing pressure from her mother to get rid of the birds and continuing a bitter rivalry with the boy across the street, today Nesma will face an even bigger challenge as she enters womanhood.

Screening in Shorts Program: Soul Survivors
Drama, Female Director(s)
About the Director(s)
Najwan Ali was born in 1989 in Iraq. She is a graduate of the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad, Department of Audio and Visual. Najwan worked as part of the Iraqi 35mm short film workshops, writing and directing her latest film, Nesma’s Birds, co-directed by Medoo Ali. Her other directorial credits are Critical Days and Book of Love. Medoo Ali was born in 1991 and studied at the Center of Fine Arts in Baghdad. Medoo directed his first short film, Children of War, as well as co-directed Nesma’s Birds, as part of a workshop through the Iraqi Independent Film Center.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Shorts in Competition: Student
  • Year:
    2013
  • Length:
    7 minutes
  • Language:
    Arabic
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    US
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Editor:
    Zainab Al Hariri, Medoo Ali
  • Cinematographer:
    Aeman Al-Amiri
  • Screenwriter:
    Najwan Ali, Yaser Karim
  • Producer:
    Mohamed Al-Daradji, Atia Al-Daradji, Isabelle Stead
  • Cast:
    Fatima Sah, Mohammad Jaafarn
  • Executive Producer:
    Mohamed Al-Daradji, Atia Al-Daradji, Isabelle Stead
  • Co-Producer:
    Atia Al-Daradji, Isabelle Stead
  • Director:
    Najwan Ali, Medoo Ali

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