SHORT FILM PROGRAMME + Q&A with curator Joseph Fahim
LILI | Marwan Hamed | 2001 | Egypt | 40 min
HER MAN | Ayten Amin | 2006 | Egypt | 10 min
I | Al Al Anssari | 2012 | Qatar | 17 min
A MAN IN A CUP | Yahya Alabdallah | 2006 | Jordan | 5 min
A collection of shorts from across the Arab World, showing the hybrid modes of adapting literary texts to screen. Based on the 1954 short story “Did You Have to Turn on the Lights, Lili?” by Egyptian writer Youssef Edris, “The Yacoubian Building” director Marawan Hamed explores faith in “Lili” about a young handsome preacher fending off the temptation of the belle of his district. Ayten Amin presents an atypical feminist take on female rivalry in “Her Man,” an adaptation of a short story by Egyptian writer Ahdaf Soueif. Jordanian director Yahya Alabdallah offers a brief snap shot of marital dysfunction in “A Man in a Cup,” an adapation of a short story by Iraqi writer Hedeya Hussein. Qatari director Ali Al Anssari, meanwhile, takes on American writer Edgar Allan Poe’s iconic 1843 short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” in ‘I,” a tale of friendship, betrayal and conceit.