"Melancholic and Vibrant" - IOTA Institute
“Ambitious and Sensitive” - Starfish Art Award
“A haunting and poetic glimpse into the flashpoint that started
 the Lebanese Civil War.”
- Arab Hyphen
Alia (2015), runtime: 5:30min
Synopsis
Haunted by the memory of civil war, an old Lebanese man revisits the last few moments of a fateful bus ride that leads up to the murder of his beloved.
'Alia' is a film that tries to remember Lebanon before the 1975 Civil War that was sparked by a massacre on board of a bus in Ain El Remmaneh, Beirut.
Awards & Accolades
 + Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Winner: Best Short Film, Prix des recontres pan-Canadiennes du cinéma étudiant, Montreal (2015)
+ TIFF: Canada's Top Ten Film Festival, Runner-Up: Best Canadian Student Film (2016)
+ Starfish Student Art Award, 2015
+ Permanent Art Collection, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery (2016)
+ Permanent Art Collection, NSCAD University (2015) 
Cast
Armita Kordouni - Alia
Naji Charabaty - Narrator
Mahtab Roohafza - Rose

Festival Screenings
+ HIFF: Launch & Shorts Screening- HALIFAX, Canada - 15 May, 2018
+ A Night in Motion, Mise En Abyme- BEIRUT, Lebanon - 29 March, 2018
+ Short Waves Festival- POZNAN, Poland - 22 March, 2017
+ Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival - KATHMANDU, Nepal - 17-20 March, 2017
+ Lebanon International Short Film Festival - NABATIYEH, Lebanon - December 3-7, 2016
+ ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival Münster|Berlin - MUNSTER, Germany - October 2016
+ Parkdale Film & Video Showcase - TORONTO, Canada - September 2016
+ TIFF: Canada's Top Ten Film Festival  - TORONTO, Canada - January 8-17, 2016
+ TIFF #SeeTheNorth Festival Circuit - Montreal/ Vancouver/ Calgary/ Winnipeg/ Halifax, Canada - January 10-May 10, 2016
+ Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (WINNER Best Student Short) - MONTREAL, Canada - October 15-17. 2015
+ Beirut International Film Festival - BEIRUT, Lebanon - October 8-16, 2015
+ Atlantic Film Festival - HALIFAX, Canada - September 17-24, 2015
+ interFILM Berlin Festival - BERLIN, Germany - November 15-21, 2015
+ Concordia Film Festival - MONTREAL, Canada - May 7, 2016
+ Victoria Film Festival - VICTORIA, Canada - February 5-14, 2016
+ Arab Film Festival - LOS ANGELES, SAN FRANSISCO, SAN DIEGO, USA - November 20-22, 2015
+ Qabila Film Festival - CAIRO, Egypt - October 8-10, 2015
+ Halifax Independent Filmmakers' Festival - HALIFAX, Canada - June 10-13, 2015
+ Mayworks Festival - HALIFAX, Canada - May 10, 2016
Exhibitions + Galleries
+ "Disoriented": Works From the Permanent Collection, Saint Mary's University Art Gallery - HALIFAX, Canada - June 11 - July 31, 2016
+ Creative Nova Scotia Arts Awards Gala - HALIFAX, Canada - November 7, 2015
+ Starfish Art Awards Gala - HALIFAX, Canada - May 20th, 2015

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