Middle Eastern Focus

Directed by Ameen Nayfeh

A Palestinian man, Mustafa (Ali Suliman, “Paradise Now,” “Jack Ryan”), and his wife live 200 meters apart…

Directed by Nadav Lapid

In “Ahed’s Knee,” which debuted at Cannes, Nadav Lapid (“Synonyms,” “The Kindergarten Teacher,” “Policeman…

Directed by Hamy Ramezan

At the outset of “Any Day Now,” 13-year-old Ramin Mehdipour and his Iranian family are living in a refugee…

Glimpses of labor in its many forms and the sense of catharsis it can bring.
Harrowing stories of coming and going — by choice, by force, or by necessity.
Shorts that examine the impact of the most significant current events facing our modern world.
Children are the future, and their present experiences captured in these shorts demonstrate what that future…
Directed by Adam Sjoberg & Seanne Winslow

“The Falconer” thrillingly recounts a larger-than-life adventure, but at its core the film tells an…

Directed by Asghar Farhadi

In “A Hero” — the latest from Ashgar Farhadi, acclaimed writer/director of “The Past,” “The Salesman,” “…

Directed by Panah Panahi

A chaotic, tender family is on a road trip across a rugged landscape, but to where? In the backseat, Dad…

Directed by Hany Abu-Assad

Based on real events, ‘Huda’s Salon’ — directed by two-time SLIFF alum Hany Abbu-Assad (“Omar,” “Rana’s…

These animated stories offer insight into rural life, religion, war, and mortality.
Demented clowns, matchmaking kids, and a poker night highlight our second comedy program.
Stories from around the globe, including the Netherlands, Romania, and China, both demonstrate our common…
SLIFF's third dramatic program grapples with topics such as prison, capitalism, and the patriarchy.
Explorations of both body and mind that are only possible through experimental film.
A collection of shorts designed to frighten and disturb.
Directed by Mano Khalil

In a Syrian border village in the early ’80s, as little Sero attends school for the first time, a new…

Directed by Chloé Mazlo

Celebrated animator Chloé Mazlo makes her feature debut with this strikingly original film inspired by her…

Stories of kindness and bravery highlight this collection aimed at 4- to 8-year-olds.
Directed by Mehdi Barsaoui

When driving home from southern Tunisia, Fares and Meriem's car is hit by a stray bullet during an ambush…

Directed by Muslim Sahin

In the early-20th-century Ottoman Empire, Ali returns from France, where he was sent by the state to…

Directed by Nisan Dag

Fehmi, a 19-year-old aspiring rapper from a rough neighborhood of Istanbul, is addicted to bonzai, a cheap…

Directed by Abbas Kiarostami

The first in Abbas Kiarostami’s sublime, interlacing trilogy of films set in the northern Iranian village…