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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 an Academy Award®-nominated and BAFTA® award-winning Palestinian British filmmaker. In 2016 she started working in the film industry as a writer & producer of short fiction films. This includes “Today They Took My Son,” endorsed by British Director Ken Loach and screened at the United Nations.

The Present, her directorial debut, which she also co-wrote and produced, premiered at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2020 and won the coveted Audience Award for Best Film. It went on to win over 50 International Film Festival Jury and Audience Awards, a BAFTA® award, and it scored an Oscar® nomination. “The Present” was licensed internationally including to Canal+ and Netflix Worldwide.

The Teacher is Farah’s multi-award winning directorial fiction feature length film debut, which had its World premiere at the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival. It had its MENA premiere at the Red Sea International Film Festival in Jeddah, SaudiArabia, and took home the best actor award and the main jury prize. The jury was headed by director Baz Lurhmann. The film stars well known Palestinian actor, Saleh Bakri and well known British actress Imogen Poots.

Nabulsi has been invited to serve as a jury member at numerous festivals and as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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