Alwan 3rd i Awards: Announces the 2013 Winners

Fri, December 20, 2013 11:30 am at Alwan for the Arts

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ALWAN 3rd i AWARDS 2013

THE BIG HOUSE, by Musa Syeed

(Best Narrative Short Film)

EVEN GRAY FEELS BLUE by Negin Sharifzadeh

(Best Video Art Production)

TRAPPED IN TIME by Nagmeh Farzneh

(Alwan 3rd i Audience Award).




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)

Best Narrative/Documentary Film Alwan 3rd i Award


EVEN GRAY FEELS BLUE (USA, 2012, 8 mins)
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 Video Art Production Alwan 3rd i Award


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.


Alwan 3rd i Awards Competition
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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.


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Last updated: 2014-04-07 18:26:35

THE BIG HOUSE" by Musa Syeed
"EVEN GRAY FEELS BLUE" by Negin Sharifzadeh
"TRAPPED IN TIME" by Nagmeh Farzneh

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