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The Present

East Coast Premiere

Director: Farah Nabulsi

Palestine, 2019, 25 min

Shooting Format:Digital, 3.2K, Ari Alexa Mini

Festival Year:2020

Category:Narrative Short

WINNER: Audience Award

Cast:Saleh Bakri

Crew:Writers: Farah Nabulsi, Hind Shoufani. Producers: Ossama Bawardi, Farah Nabulsi.


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?


About the director

Farah Nabulsi, is a Palestinian-British filmmaker and first-time director. She left the corporate world in 2015 to start working in the Palestinian film industry as a writer & producer of short fiction films, exploring Palestine related topics that matter to her. This includes Today They Took My Son, endorsed by renowned Director Ken Loach, screened at the United Nations and officially selected to top international film festivals.

In 2019, she directed her first film, The Present, which she also co-wrote. The film stars renowned actor, Saleh Bakri. It premiered at Festival du Court Metrage de Clermont-Ferrand 2020 (Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival) and won the Audience Award for Best Film. The film went on to have its North American premiere at Cleveland International Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award for Best Live Action Short.

Farah has just written her first feature film, which she hopes to direct.

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