Alwan 3rd i Awards: Special Screening of Short Films and Video Art Entries

Forth, Willian
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Categories: Screening.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor (b/w Broad & Broadway) in Lower Manhattan
Admission: $5-$10 Suggested Donation (no one will be turned away)

The Alwan 3rd i Awards Competition presented the very best in recent short films and video art that increased awareness and exposed 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 a special selection of never-before screened entries from the Alwan 3rd i Awards from 2013.


 USA, 2010, 16 mins Written and Directed by Wadi’h Arraf and Stephen Day
Unable to deal with the absence of the enigmatic Frankie Zapurro, two laconic friends, Charles and Vahid, engage in symbiotic apathy. When a domestic dispute leads to Vahid’s existential crisis, Charles must act like he cares. (No audible dialouge)

What Remains

WHAT REMAINS, USA, 2013, 13:48 minsDirected and Produced by Sarita Khurana and Chitra Ganesh

Inspired by the experimental film narratives of Maya Deren and 1960s and 70s Bollywood cinema and song, “What Remains” uses visual elements of Ganesh’s work and Khurana’s storytelling, drawing upon their shared interest in memory, the construction of the self and psychic trauma. The film is a play on the traditional ghost story where the protagonist returns to her childhood home, only to discover a ghost living there. As in many supernatural narratives, the ghost exists in response to past traumas that continue to bind her to the human world. (No audible dialouge)


HORIZON, Jordan, 2013, 17 mins
Directed by Zain Duraie
Horizon is a story of a young, ambitious mother who takes advantage of a series of events, which become instrumental in her pursuit for human dignity. A story that take us on an emotional journey through the eyes of a mother, wife, and homemaker, Faten, who is trying to save her children from a future similar to her and her husband’s. (Arabic/English subtitles)


NOOR, Egypt, 2012, 15 mins
Directed by Ahmed Ibrahim
13 year-old Fingo has one wish – he wants to hang lights on his apartment building for the celebration of Ramadan, Hatching a plan, Figo soon discovers there is more invested here than just decoration. Now he’s got to make a stand for himself, the lights and the community with only two days to go. (Arabic/English subtitles)
THE LITTLE DICTATOR, Iran/Egypt, 2013, 2:24 mins
Directed by Mehrnoush Aliaghaei
A man’s fight for democracy and freedom is questioned when he is faced with his son’s homosexuality. (English)


The Romantic Self Exiles

Directed by Morehshin Allahyari
To build a land; an imaginary home. To push the limits of real and unreal, memory and imagination, locality and universality, self censorship and self- exile, time and space. To construct the remembered, missed, identical objects. Things I care for,love the most, miss the most… To put together every five sense of my body into one (“sight”) through text and animation. A reflection and presentation of emotional attachments. Collective and personal.(English)

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.