About the Film
Haunted by memories of his childhood in Baghdad, Abdullah suffers from dementia and struggles to communicate with his British-born daughter Leilah. As his mind wavers between his past and his unfamiliar present, he no longer remembers the life he has lived in London for the past 60 years or the fluent English he has spoken. Leilah, who only speaks English, needs one last moment of connection with her father before she also fades from his memory.
23 Sep, 18:15, Sea Cinema 3
Ashtar Al Khirsan has made several documentary films that have been screened and acclaimed at international film festivals in Edinburgh, London, Rotterdam and Chicago, where she won the Best Arts Documentary Film Award for her film about Pete Doherty. Her feature film script, Bird in a Storm, was developed with the support of Creative Europe Media and was selected for the Sources 2 Script Development Workshop. Abdullah and Leilah is her first directorial work in fiction.