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Lebanon/UAE, 2012

18 mins, Arabic with English or French subtitles

Written & Directed by Sabah Haider

Produced by Sara Abu Zahra and Sabah Haider in association with Deja Vu Productions UAE.

“In Abu Rami, Sabah Haider unveils the strength of the Arab woman. Filmmaker Sabah Haider is a talent to watch. While Abu Rami is a short film, little over 15 minutes long, it packs a punch beyond the filmmaker's young age and way beyond its duration. Abu Rami explains the importance of children in the Arab world, the heft of being someone's father, but also the force of character of women throughout the Middle East. And how far that all is from the typical headlines and misguided articles we read daily in our western media.”


             — E. Nina Rothe in The Huffington Post, May 2014


Audience Award for "Best Short Film"

Latin Arab International Film Festival, 2013

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jury Special Prize

Malmo Arab Film Festival, 2012

Malmo, Sweden

"Abu Rami is the first Lebanese film ever selected in our festival!"

— Sao Paolo International Short Film Festival, 2013

Post-production completed with the generous support of:

SCREENING HISTORY (In reverse chronological order):

National Screen Institute of Canada NSI Festival, October 2016 (online festival)

• CinéCourt: La chaine du film court d'Afrique et du Moyen-Orient, March 2016 (online festival)

• Middle East Studies Association MESA FilmFest 2015, November 2015, Denver, Colorado, USA

• MediOrizzonti Festival, October 2015, Verona, Italy

• Karawood International Festival, Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan, September 2015

• Metricamento Corto Festival, September 2015, Venice, Italy
• FICOD Festival, May 2015, Cameroon
(*Award: Best International Short Film )
• "A Long Week of Short Films," Minsheng Art Museum, May 2015, Shanghai, China

• BBC Arabic Screening on program “Cinema Badila”, December 2014

• Festival Longue vue Sur le Court, Nov 2014, Montreal, Canada

• Aesthetica Film Festival, Nov 2014, York, UK

• 30th InterFilm Berlin Short Film Festival, Nov 2014, Berlin, Germany

• "Metricamente Corto 3" Trebaseleghe (Padova) Film Festival, Sept 2014, Padua, Italy

• The Bristolian Mediterranean SFF August 2014, Bristol, UK

• Instants d’été 2014, Festival Tous-Courts, August 2014, Aix-En-Provence, France

• OFF Cinema, July 2014, Florence, Italy

• Edinburgh Short Film Festival, June 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland

•Ecrans Med Film Festival, May 2014, Montreal, Canada

• Al Hoash Gallery, May 2014, Jerusalem, Palestine

• Khalil Sakakini Center, May 2014, Jerusalem, Palestine

• Leiden International Short Film Experience, May 2014, Leiden, Netherlands

• Film Middle East Now Festival, April 2014, Florence, Italy

• Arab Film Festival’s Arab Shorts Series, April 2014, San Francisco, California

• Festival International du court métrage de Tiznit, February 2014, Morocco

• Sofia MENAR Film Festival, January 2014, Sofia, Bulgaria

• Festival Un Poing C'est Court 2014, January 2014, Vaulx-en-Velin, France

• NYU Abu Dhabi Film Series, January 2014, Abu Dhabi, UAE

• 31eme Festival Tous Courts, December 2013, Aix-en-Provence, France

• 9th ed. Passaggi d’Autore: Intrecci Mediterranei, December 2013, Sant’Antioco, Italy

• Latin Arab International Film Festival, November 2013, Buenos Aires, Argentina

(*Award: Audience Award for Best Short Film)

• Izmir International Short Film Festival, November 2013, Izmir, Turkey

• Arab Camera Festival, November 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands

• 27th FICFA Festival International du Cinema Francophonie Acadie, November 2013, New Brunswick, Canada

•  Institut Francais Baghdad : BIFF 2013 Winners, November 2013, Baghdad, Iraq

• Baghdad International Film Festival, November 2013, Baghdad, Iraq

(*Award: Second-Place Prize for Best Short Film)

• Mumbai Women’s Film Festival, October 2013, Mumbai, India

• Milan Film Festival, September 2013, Milan, Italy

• Malmo Arab Film Festival, September 2013, Malmo Sweden*

(*Award: Jury Special Prize for Abu Rami)

•  Art Week Amman, September 2013, Amman, Jordan

• Stockholm Arab Film Days 2013, September 2013, Stockholm, Sweden

• Sao Paolo International Short Film Festival, August 2013, Sao Paolo, Brazil

•  Maraya Arts Centre, June 2013, Sharjah, UAE

• Short Film Corner at the Festival Du Cannes, May 2013, Cannes, France

• Cabriolet Film Festival, May 2013, Beirut, Lebanon

• NOFI Film Festival, May 2013, Armenia*

(*Award: Best Actress award for Sihame Haddad as “Mona” in Abu Rami

 *Award: Runner-Up Film in Professional Category for Abu Rami)

• MOOOV Film Festival (Open Doek Festival), April 2013, Belgium

•  Rome Independent Film Festival, April 2013, Rome, Italy

•  La Semaine Arabe de l’ENS (édition 2013), April 2013, Paris, France

• Image Nation & Aflamnah « Bopcorn & Sawaalef », April 2013, Abu Dhabi, UAE

• MIZNA 8th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, March 2013, St. Paul, Minnesota USA

• International Digital Film Festival, January 2013, Mumbai and New Delhi, India*

(*Award: Selected in the “Best of the Festival” films)

• Arab Women’s Film Festival, March 2013, The Hague, The Netherlands

• Minsheng Art Museum (Kan-Kan Film Forum), December 2012, Shanghai, China

• Abu Dhabi Film Festival, October 2012, Abu Dhabi, UAE (World Premiere)

• Lebanese Film Festival, August 2012, Beirut, Lebanon (Avant Premiere)

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