Logline: A young man tries by any means necessary to escape the horribleness of his life.
The uprrising on the olive planet reaches the town “Taubez” and the boy Jihad catches on and joins it. Jihad lives in his father’s cage, the lieutenant colonel, who treats him like a soldier. Under these circumstances, Jihad dreams of becoming a footballer. Horror and surrealism mingle in a war and search for happiness.
Shehab developed the script in 2021 during Corona pandemic and made it to his graduation project. Later he met the animatior Yann Le Bot (Cologne), the illsutrator Nourhan Sondouk (Barcelona) and the sound designer Tioma Tchulanov (Paris) and they worked together on this film which won the Folkwang Prize as a graduation project and was premiered at the Recklinghausen Ruhr festspiele 2022.
This project was finanzed by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Norbert Janssen foundation.
Festivals & awards
Germany 🏆Folkwang award,
The 69th Oberhausen international short film festival,
Mannheim Arts and Film Festival🎖️honorable mention,
Kiez Berlin Film Festival 🎖️honorable mention,
Mabig Film Festival 🏆
Ukraine International Film Festival BRUKIVKA
Canada Toronto Arab Film festival
United Kingdom Ramsgate international film & tv festival,
Lift-Off Filmmaker Sessions
France Cine Paris Film festival 🏆
Greece ICONA Animation Film festival
Georgia Diogenes University Filmfestival
Japan Tokyo International Monthly Film Festival🎖️honorable mention
China Blue Planet Film Festival (Semi Final)
Spain Valencia Indie Film Festival VALÈIFF
Sweden Sweden Film Awards