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    Directed by Suzannah Mirghani
    Sudan/Qatar | 20 minutes | Women on Top

In a cotton-farming village in Sudan, 15-year-old Nafisa has a crush on Babiker, but her parents have already arranged her marriage to a young businessman living abroad. Meanwhile, Nafisa's grandmother Al-Sit, the powerful village matriarch, has her own plans for Nafisa's future. Caught between two rigid traditions, Nafisa must find a way to forge her own path.

In competition for Best of the Festival Award, Best Live-Action Short Over 15 Minutes, and Young Cineastes Award.


Women on Top

Forging their own way in a world too slow to adapt, the women of these shorts challenge gender norms and live life on their own terms, whether in a fishing village in Brazil or a beauty parlor in Tunisia.

Tuesday, June 22 1:00 PM PT

film details

Director: Suzannah Mirghani
Producers: Suzannah Mirghani, Rodney Sharkey, Julietta Mirghani, Eiman Mirghani, Maysaa Almumin
Screenwriter: Suzannah Mirghani
Cinematographers: Khalid Awad
Editor: Abdelrahim Kattab, Suzannah Mirghani
Cast: Mihad Murtada, Rabeha Mahmoud, Mohammed Magdi, Haram Basher, Alsir Mahjoub
Original Language Title: الست
Country: Sudan/Qatar
Language: in Arabic with English subtitles
Deaf Friendly: Yes
Year: 2020
Running Time: 20 minutes
Awards: Canal+ Award, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival; Grand Prix, Tampere Film Festival; Excellence in Women’s Filmmaking Award, European Independent Film Festival; Jury Prize, Busan International Short Film Festival
Contact Email: suzannahmirghani@gmail.com

2021 ShortFest Archive