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Double bill: feature film and short film
Ali, the Goat and Ibrahim - Dir. Sherif El Bendary, Egypt, 2016, 92mins, Unclassified 15+
Ali falls in love with a goat, whom he names Nada. Ibrahim works at a recording studio and starts to hear voices that frighten him. Ali yields to his mother’s wish that he visit a healer, even though he doesn’t believe he is psychologically unstable. At the healer’s clinic, Ali meets Ibrahim. The healer diagnoses Ali and Ibrahim as 'cursed' and prescribes a solution to break the spell; they must throw three 'magic' stones in Egypt’s three water bodies. Ali, Ibrahim and Nada set off on an adventure that takes them to the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Nile in this touching tale of friendship, reconciliation, self-discovery and self-acceptance.
Ayny - Dir. Ahmed Saleh, USA, 2016, 10mins, Unclassified 15+
The danger of war through the eyes of two boys who share a love for music. Ayny won a golden Oscar at the Student Academy Awards 2016 in the foreign animation category.
Both films are subtitled and exempt from classification and restricted to persons aged 15+ unless accompanied by an adult.
See more films in the Arab Film Festival Australia 2017.