Music and Sound Design: Matthew Wilcock / Zelig Sound
Director: Ely Dagher

“In the chaos of the city, a teenager is swept on a journey that will forever change him.”

Set between Beirut’s post-war climate of recovery in the 90’s and today’s general sense of crumbling this is Omar’s story. Growing up in Beirut’s suburbs meant that Omar spent his entire teenage years living on the outskirts, having never visited parts of the segregated city or even crossed its borders. His daily life is dominated by the mundane, his parents’ financial problems, and a certain lack of motivation; his only escape being the time he spends gazing at the city from his school’s rooftop. Until, On a cold winter day, Omar unexpectedly witnesses something strange and beautiful. A sort of intense beaming light, shining through the grayness of the city’s landscape, that lures him to venture into the depth of the city. This giant discovery leads him to explore and immerse himself in a world he never knew existed. A world that is so close yet so isolated from his reality that Omar finds himself struggling to keep his attachments, his sense of home…

  • Palme D'or - Cannes
  • Silver Plaque - Chicago IFF
  • Best animated short - Tampere
  • Prix des Auteurs - Anima (Brussels)
  • Bayard D'or - FIFF
  • Best Animated Short - Ismailia IFF