On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his daughter, Yasmine, set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between the soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping?
Palestine | 2019 | 24 mins
Directed by Farah Nabulsi
with Saleh Bakri
Director: Farah Nabulsi
Writers: Farah Nabulsi, Hind Shoufani
Produced by: Ossama Bawardi, Farah Nabulsi
Cast: Saleh Bakri
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Length: 24 minutes
This film is available to watch online on yuzzi from 1 until 7 December 2020.
Festivals and Awards
Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
Audience Award for Best International Film
Palm Springs International ShortFest
Special Jury Building the Bridges Award
Brooklyn Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Film
About the Director
Farah Nabulsi is a Palestinian-British filmmaker. She left the corporate world in 2016 to start working in the film industry. She founded Native Liberty Productions, writing & producing short fiction films, exploring Palestine related topics that matter to her. This includes Today They Took My Son, endorsed by renowned British director Ken Loach, screened at the United Nations and officially selected to top tier international film festivals.
In 2019, she directed her first film, The Present, which she also co-wrote. The 24-minute film stars renowned actor, Saleh Bakri. It premiered in competition at Festival du Court Metrage de Clermont-Ferrand 2020, where it won the Audience Award for Best Film. The film then had its North American premiere at Cleveland International Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award for Best Live Action Short. The film continues to pick up numerous prestigious audience and jury awards as it continues with the film festival circuit.