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The Royal Film Commission – Jordan, in cooperation with The British Council invites you to attend the 5th edition of #Sheffield_Film_Days in Amman, from Saturday 24th until Thursday 29th March 2018, at 7 PM (Doors close at 7 PM), the Rainbow Theater - Jebel Amman - 1st Circle

Saturday 24 March

69 Minutes of 86 Days

7:00 PM

Egil H?skjold Larsen, 70 min, Documentary, in Arabic and Norwegian with English subtitles, Norway, 2017

Followed by a discussion with the film critic Rami Abdel Razek

This hauntingly poetic documentary takes us into three-year-old Lean’s world as she makes her way from Syria to Sweden with her family. The gliding, observant camera catches only fragments of conversation in a bewildering, exhausting trek through nameless countries. Lean is often lost in a sea of legs, not knowing what tent she is headed to next.

The film has won the Emerging International Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the Sheffield Youth Jury Award at Sheffield International Documentary Festival, the Festival Award for Best Feature Documentary at Nordic International Film Festival and the Nordic Dox Award - Honorable Mention at CPH:DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Festival). It was also nominated for Best Documentary at Bratislava International Film Festival and Emerging Cinematic Vision Award at Camden International Film Festival.

Sunday 25 March

The Workers Cup

7:00 PM

Adam Sobel, 90 min, Documentary, English, Nepali, Malayalam, Twi, Ga, Hindi and Arabic with English subtitles, United Kingdom, 2017

Followed by a discussion with the film critic Rami Abdel Razek

"The Workers Cup" is a close and personal look inside Qatar’s labour camps, where the World Cup is being built on the back of a million-plus migrant workers. The film follows a team of labourers living a real-life version of fantasy football. By day, they sweat to build the World Cup; while by night, they compete in a ‘workers welfare’ football tournament, playing in the same stadiums that will one day host the world’s greatest players. We join one team of men from Nepal, India, Ghana, and Kenya whose only common ground is love for football. Each match offers a momentary escape from the homesickness and isolation they struggle with as the lowest class in the world’s richest country. Even as pawns in the World Cup’s marketing game, they can’t help but lose themselves in the purity of football.

The movie premiered at Sundance Film Festival and was also screened at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, CPH-DOX (Copenhagen International Documentary Festival) and Sheffield International Documentary Festival. It has received the McKinnis Sports Documentary Award for Best Sports Documentary at Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival and was nominated for the Audience Award at Sydney Film Festival.

Monday 26 March

Brimstone & Glory

7:00 PM

Viktor Jakovleski, 67 min, Documentary, Spanish with English subtitles, USA, 2017

Followed by a discussion with the film critic Rami Abdel Razek

Through stunning cinematography, director Viktor Jakovleski takes us inside preparations for the annual pyrotechnic festival in Tultepec, Mexico. The job of making each exhibit bigger and better than before falls to local families who have been doing it for generations – often by trial and error. While the men strive for greater and greater glory, danger is never far away.

“Brimstone & Glory” has won Best Director and Best Picture Awards for Feature Documentary at Austin Fantastic Fest, Creative Recognition Award for Best Music at International Documentary Association, John Schlesinger Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival, Special Citation at San Francisco Film Critics Circle, Golden Gate Award at for Best Documentary at San Francisco International Film Festival, Art Doc Award’s Special Mention at Sheffield International Documentary Festival and the National Board of Review Award for Top Five Documentaries. The movie was nominated for Cinema Eye Honors Award, Audience Award at Montclair Film Festival as well as the Jury Award and Student Choice Award at Philadelphia Film Festival.

Tuesday 27 March

The Work

7:00 PM

Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous, 87 min, in English, USA, 2017

Followed by a discussion with the film critic Rami Abdel Razek

A powerful observational documentary set inside a single room in Folsom Prison (California), “The Work” follows a four-day group therapy retreat. The raw and revealing process offers a rare look past the cinder block walls, steel doors and the dehumanizing tropes in our culture to reveal a movement of change and redemption that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

The film has won the Audience Choice Award at Chicago International Film Festival, the Cinema Eye Honors Award, the Audience Award at Sheffield International Documentary Festival and the Grand Jury Award for Feature Documentary at SXSW Film Festival. It has been nominated for San Diego Film Critics Society Awards for Best Documentary, Online Film Critics Society Awards, Gotham Independent Film Award, Austin Film Critics Award and Harrell Award for Best Documentary at Camden International Film Festival.

Wednesday 28 March

City of Ghosts

7:00 PM

PG 18

Matthew Heineman, 90 min, Documentary, in Arabic with English subtitles, USA, 2017

Followed by a discussion with the film critic Rami Abdel Razek

Captivating in its immediacy, "City of Ghosts" follows the journey of “Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently” – a handful of anonymous activists who banded together after their homeland was taken over by ISIS in 2014. With astonishing, deeply personal access, this is the story of a brave group of citizen journalists as they face the realities of life undercover, on the run, and in exile, risking their lives to stand up against one of the most extremist and violent groups in the world today.

Directed, produced, and filmed by Academy Award–nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker Matthew Heineman for his documentary “Cartel Land”, “City of Ghosts” had its World Premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and participated in dozens international festivals, including Hot Docs and Tribeca Film Festival.

It has won the Grand Jury Award at Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Politiken's Audience Award at CPH:DOX – Copenhagen, the Silver Heart Award at Dallas International Film Festival, the Audience Award at Galway Film Fleadh for Best Human Rights Feature, the In Spirit for Freedom Award for Best Documentary at Jerusalem Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Feature Direction at Montclair Film Festival, the Fritz-Gerlich Prize at Munich Film Festival, the Founders Prize for Citizen Journalism at Traverse City Film Festival and the Courage Under Fire Award from the International Documentary Association.

Thursday 29 March

7:00 PM

Screening of a collection of Jordanian short documentaries produced at “Jordan Stories” Workshop in Amman in 2017. The workshop is organized by the Royal Film Commission – Jordan in partnership with the British Council – Jordan and the Scottish Documentary Institute,

The screenings will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and with Noe Mendelle, Director of the Scottish Documentary Institute.


Yasmeen Afaneh, Amal El-Hudhud and Bayan Habib, 4 min, Arabic with English subtitles.

A deep passion for reading pushes Ghaith to give up the financial security of an insurance sales life for setting up a bookshop with a difference!


Asmahan Brekat, Ban Maraqa and Doaa Nassar, 9 min, Arabic with English subtitles.

An old Bedouin Palestinian woman lives with her family in the outskirts of Amman. One day, she pushes away the love and attention of her life-long husband for the new and unusual love of her life: Badrya, the sheep


Ayyob Al-Qasem, Ahmad Al-Thiabat and Marwan Albayari, 6 min, Arabic with English subtitles.

Many boys in Jordan must work at an early age to help their families. Bader, a young Syrian refugee is no exception. His dream of schooling is already denied and now children push him away his love for football.


Hiba Nabulsi and Walaa Alzaidan, 6 min, Arabic with English subtitles.

Depression is frowned upon in most societies and it is a source of shame in an Arabic culture. Manard, a young Jordanian woman breaks the taboo and talks freely about her experience.

For more information about Sheffield Film Days in Amman

T. +962 6 464 22 66 (ext. 23)
info@film.jo www.film.jo

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