Ontario Premiere | Netherlands | 14 min

Director: Shady El-Hamus

Writer: Jeroen Scholten van Aschat

Stars: Kubilay Sengul, Mustafa Duygulu, Saleh Hassan Faris

Country/Language:  Netherlands/Dutch

Notable Festivals: Leeds International Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival

Synopsis: Tarik (11) helps his father Elias (35) to transport illegal immigrants into the Netherlands. When an accident occurs, Tarik gains the acknowledgment from his father he has yearned for, but at a high price – the loss of his own innocence.


Shady El-Hamus

In 2008 Shady El-Hamus enrolled at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy in 2008 to study screenwriting. There, besides writing a lot of short
screenplays, he soon realizes he is longing for more and starts directing. Shady graduates from the Netherlands Film Academy in 2012 as screenwriter/director.

His graduation film ‘Fairuz’ – starring acclaimed Palestinian actor Mohammad Bakri – premiered at the 2015 Dubai International Film Festival as part of the Main Competition. In 2015 Shady has directed the first season (ten 25min episodes) of a light-hearted TV-Series in the Netherlands. In early 2017 he finished his next short film ‘Nightshade’ and is now developing his first feature film.


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