Alwan 3rd i Awards: Screening of Short Films & Videos Finalists and Awards

Tue, December 17, 2013 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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The Alwan 3rd i Awards Competition aims to present the very best in recent short films and video art that increase awareness and expose the creative vitality and sociopolitical realities of the Middle East, North Africa, and South and Central Asia, as well as their global diasporas.

Join us at Alwan to view the Alwan 3rd i Award's selection committee and awards presentation, which will be followed by a post-screening salon session aimed to provide participating filmmakers and artists the benefit of feedback from the diverse audience Alwan has cultivated over the years.

Voting for the Audience Award will take place during and after the screenings.


DAUGHTER, USA, 2013, 16 mins
Written and Directed by Assia Lakhlif

When Nadia braves a difficult decision that may disappoint her family, she's willing to go any length to conceal her secret. (English)

THOUGH I KNOW THE RIVER IS DRY, Palestine/UK, 2013, 19:30 mins

Written and Directed by Omar Robert Hamilton

Caught between his brother's past and his child's future, one man's choice triggers catastrophe for his whole family.He has returned to Palestine. On his journey through the country he relives the trauma of his past and the choice that sent him to America - a choice between a passport for his unborn child and a safe haven for his activist brother. (Arabic/English Subtitles)

Prix UIP, Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards, IFF Rotterdam

CAIRO FROM 5 TO 7, Egypt, 2013, 12:06 mins

Diirected by Ahmed Abo el-Fadl

A short documentary that captures the city (Cairo) in its most tranquil and calm state, from 5 am to 7 am. A time that usually witnesses an end to a busy night and the start of another new day in Egypt most populated city. (No Audible Dialogue)

THE BIG HOUSE, Yemen/USA, 2013, 5 mins

Written and Directed by Musa Syeed

A young Yemeni boy ventures out of his cramped apartment and finds a key to the mansion down the street, owned by the richest man in the village. When the boy finds the place empty, he lets himself and his imagination run wild in the big house. His little adventure is woven together with scenes from the Yemeni revolution, creating a poignant allegory. (Arabic with English Subtitles)

Seattle Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, Heartland Film Festival, Dubai Film Festival


Directed by Ziad Foty

The Strange Ways of the Occident is a self-reflexive video montage that uses the ethnographic documentary genre to subvert the hegemonic Orientalist gaze. The film focuses on a veiled woman’s representation of the land of the Occident. Commenting on the centuries old tradition of Orientalism as well as moving past a reductionist view of the world which privileges difference between East and West, this film attempts to illustrate the similarities of both the Oriental and Occidental gaze as a function of historically variable power relations. (English)

The 2013 DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival

FIASCO, Egypt, 2013, 18:16 mins

Written and Directed by Ahmad Magdy

Far away from the Egyptian people's cries for political freedom, Hamada, Essam, Fady and Hany, four young men, are discovering their own interpretation of what it means to be free. As the four friends gather together, political and religious differences aside, they embark on their own alcohol-fueled adventure and disaster ensues. Soon the four become three and they are forced to deal with this unpredicted situation in the early hours of the morning after a long night of escapades. At every turn they are faced with another problem and the result is farcical. The whole adventure concludes with a light-hearted ending and a lesson or two to be learned; the boys won't be forgetting this night for a while. (Arabic/English subtitles)

CIRCLING, Syria, 2013, 19 mins

Written by Ali Wajeeh and Directed by Waseem al-Sayed

In a country with an acute and exceptional social reality, nothing is good. No one is well. Relationships with painful endings are not out of the ordinary but it is what is behind it all that is important. Discover the rich complexities and nature of the characters as they are put through dramatic, sensitive and intellectual moments both in a figurative and visual sense. Seeking forbidden questions and hovering around the ideas of acceptance and coexistence whilst attempting to create stability in different and unhealthy circumstance. (Arabic/English subtitles)

Award of Merit in Best shorts competition Califormia, USA


Directed and created by Negin Sharifzadeh

“Even Gray Feels Blue” investigates the nature of melancholia and solitude, translating these most intimate and deeply personal feelings into their aesthetic essences. The echoes of the individual move into collective realities. Sorrow becomes social malaise.The film avoids the structure of story and narrative, built instead as a musical composition, creating an ambiguous psychic space for the viewer to enter. The images have been created in conversation with a composition, “The last Turn”, by the Iranian master Oud player Negar Bouban, based on “Shabaneh,” a poem by Ahmad Shamlou. “Even Gray Feels Blue” was edited and composited by digital master Harold Moss. Both music and image utilize repetition to create a trance-like dynamic, intensifying the emotional resonance by tapping into memories as individual history and an act of collective remembance.

Best Experimental Film‚ Williamsburg International Film Festival,New York, 2012
, Best Animated Film‚ Crown Heights Film Festival,New York, 2012


Directed by Sausan Saulat

The video functions as a self-portrait that is confrontational, a visual dialogue I have with my displaced self. It chronicles responses to feelings of abandonment and loss, documenting sentiments about the turmoil in my home country of Pakistan and serves as futile attempt to come to terms with the situation.

THE BORDER (LA FRONTIERE), France, 2012, 1:24 mins

Directed by Azadeh Nilchiani

What is the definition of aborder? Whatdoyou need fora border crossing? These are the issues this video is aiming to raise.

TRAPPED IN TIME, Iran, 2010, 2:00 mins
Directed by Nagmeh Farzneh

A man chases after a goat. After a hard chase, it becomes clear that they were just motifs on ancient Iran's pots.

2013-official selection Animated Eden-Cumbria's First International Animation Festival, UK, 2013-Best Super Short International Film- MONSTRA International Animated Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal, 2013-Tricky Women International Animation Festival, Vienna, Austria, 2011-Special Award of the Festival- 7th International 100 Film Festival - Tehran, Iran, 2011-3rd Best Animated Film - 7th Tehran International Animation Festival -Tehran, Iran, 2011-Golden Prize for the best music (Composer:Milad Farzaneh)- 7th Tehran International Animation Festival -Tehran, Iran

SATELLITE TELEFIZYOON, Egypt, 2013, 4:44 mins
Directed by Nahed Mansour

Satellite Telefizyoon takes all of its visual content from a popular 1980’s Egyptian television quiz show featured during the 30-days of Ramadan titled Fawazeer (Riddles). The 1987 series, Hawl El Alam (Around the World) featured the iconic singer/ actress Sherihan who would appropriate the costume, song, and dialect of an unnamed country and conclude by asking her audience to guess which country she was representing.Focusing on the positioning of Egyptian women in relationship to their European, South American, Asian, and African sisters, Sherihan quotes academics Laura Bier, Timothy Mitchell, and Anthony Shay to provide a brief history of Egyptian conceptions of modernity from the 1950-80’s.(Arabic/English subtitles)


About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.

3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor


Alwan's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2014-04-07 18:24:14

Daughter, USA/Morocco, 2013
Daughter, USA/Morocco, 2013
Though I Know the River is Dry, Palestine, UK, 2013
Though I Know the River is Dry, Palestine, UK, 2013
Cairo from 5 to 7, Egypt, 2013
Cairo from 5 to 7, Egypt, 2013
The Big House, Yemen/USA, 2013
The Big House, Yemen/USA, 2013
The Strange Ways of the Occident, USA, 2013
The Strange Ways of the Occident, USA, 2013
Fiasco, Egypt, 2013
Fiasco, Egypt, 2013
Circling, Syria, 2013
Circling, Syria, 2013
Even Gray Feels Blue, USA, 2012
Even Gray Feels Blue, USA, 2012
B-Positive-Yves Klein Red, USA, 2013
B-Positive-Yves Klein Red, USA, 2013
The Border (La Frontiere), France, 2012
The Border (La Frontiere), France, 2012
Trapped in Time, Iran, 2010
Trapped in Time, Iran, 2010
Satellite Telefizyoon, Egypt, 2013
Satellite Telefizyoon, Egypt, 2013

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