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Mohamed is deeply shaken and suspicious when his estranged eldest son Malek returns to rural Tunisia with a mysterious young woman in tow. The emotional entanglements of a family reunion and past wounds lead to tragic consequences.

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Director: Meryam Joobeur

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Mohamed is deeply shaken and suspicious when his estranged eldest son Malek returns to rural Tunisia with a mysterious young woman in tow. The emotional entanglements of a family reunion and past wounds lead to tragic consequences.


Meryam Jobber

Tunisian-American writer/director Meryam Joobeur is a graduate of the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema in Montréal. She is currently developing three feature films, including the feature version of Brotherhood, and has participated in the Berlinale Talent Lab (2016), TIFF Talent Lab (2016) and Rawi Screenwriter’s Lab (2016).


Short Cuts Award for the Best Canadian Short – Toronto Int. Film Festival, 2018

Best Canadian Short Film, Audience Award – Festival du Nouveau Cinema, 2018

Tanit d’Or for the Best Fiction Short – Carthage Film Festival, 2018

ZBK Audience Award – Winterthur Int. Short Film Festival, 2018

Audience Award – Festival Images en Vues, 2018

Methexis Award for Best Short Film – MedFilm Festival, 2018

Best Canadian Short Film – Festival Int. du Film Francophone en Acadie, 2018

Canadian Short Work Award, AWFJ Best Female Directed Short Award – Whistler Film Festival, 2018

Jury’s Mention, Audience Mention – Regard Saguenay Int. Short Film Festival, 2019

Best Int. Short Film Award – Int. Film Festival of Uruguay, 2019

Golden Gate Award For Best Narrative Short – San Francisco Film Festival, 2019 *

Best Short Film (College Jury) – Panorama des cinémas du Maghreb et du Moyen-Orient, 2019

RCVQ Award for Best Short – Les Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois, 2019

Best Short Film – Tanger Festival de Cinema Africano, 2019

Sunugal Award, Best Short Film Award – African, Asian and Latin American Film Festival, 2019

The Ellen Award, Jury Award for Drama – Aspen Shortfest, 2019

Best Director Award, Best Short Film – Longue Vue sur le Court Métrage, 2019

Best Fiction Short Film – Quebec Academy of Cinema, 2019

Best International Short Film – Short Shorts Film Festival, 2019
Best Short Film – Festival du Cinéma Tunisien, 2019

Grand Prix – Festival du Film Court en plein air de Grenoble, 2019

Best International Short Fiction – Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland – 2019

Best Interpretation Mohamed Houcine Grayee – Africajarc – 2019

BEST SHORT FILM AWARD – Durban Film Festival, South African – 2019

Special jury’s mention for Best Short Film + Signis Award – Guanajuato Int. Film Festival – 2019

City of Melbourne Grand Prix for Best Short Film – Melbourne Int. Film Festival – 2019

BEST SHORT FILM – DokuFest Film Festival – 2019

Best international short – Cervino Cinemountaine – 2019

Best Photography Award – International festival “Open place” – 2019

Best Director Award – Elia Short Film Festival – 2019

Youssef Chahine Award for Best Short Film – Cairo Int. Film Festival, Egypt – 2018

Special Mention Jury Award – Festival du Court Métrage de Clermont Ferrand – 2019

Jury Special Mention – Leiden Int. Short Film Experience – 2018

Scorpion d’or – Tozeur In.t Film Festival – 2018

Special Jury Prize – Festival du Film Maghrébin de Oujda – 2019

THE GOLDEN CHAIR FOR BEST INT. SHORT FILM – Norwegian Short Film Festival – 2019

GRAND PRIX – Nuits MED di u filmu cortu – 2019

Best Narrative short – Indy Shorts – 2019

Grand prix award & Fipresci award – International Short Film Festival in Drama – 2019

BEST SHORT FILM – Raindance – 2019

BEST SHORT FILM (OSCAR QUALIFYING) – In the Palace Short Film Festival – 2019

Audience award best short film – Afrika Film Festival Cologne – 2019

Best short film – Corto e Fieno – Rural Film Festival – 2019

Audience Award HYÈRES EN COURTS – Film Femmes Méditerranée – 2019

Special Mention – Kaohsiung Film Festival – 2019

Best Short Screenplay – SATISFIED EYE International Film Festival – 2019

Special Jury mention – Swidnica Film Festival – 2019

Silver Award Medal – 24fps Film Festival – 2019

Best Fiction Film – Baku International Short Film Festival – 2019

Grand prix – Tehran Int. Short Film Festival – 2019

Best short film – San Gio Verona Video Festival – 2019

Grand prize best short, Best short young jury – Festival du Grain en Démoudre – 2019

Best Screenplay – Soria International Film Festival – 2019

Pangaea Award – Wandering Reel Travelling Film Festival – 2020

COUPE DU COURT MELS 2019, PRIX TÉLÉFILM CANADA – Gala Prends Ça Court! – 2020

Best Short Drama film – Muslim Film Festival – 2020



Written and directed by Meryam Joobeur
Cinematography: Meryam Joobeur
DoP: Vincent Gonneville

Art director: Valérie-Jeanne Mathieu. Editing: Anouk Deschênes. Sound: Théo Porcet, Jean-David Perron, Aymen Laabidi, Cult Nation. Music: Peter Venne. Production: Habib Attia (Tunisia/Cinetelefilms), Sarra Ben-Hassen, Maria Gracia Turgeon (Canada/Midi la nuit), Meryam Joobeur, Annick Blanc. Co-Production: Andréas Rocksen (Sweden/Laika Films & TV), Doha Institute (Qatar)

Salha: Salha Nasraoui
Mohamed: Mohammed Houcine Grayaa
Malek: Malek Mechergui
Chaker: Chaker Mechergui
Rayene: Rayene Mechergui
Reem: Jasmin Lazid