Short Films Competition | 15 min | 2019


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About the Film

Salam is a young housewife who dreams of motherhood. She quietly suffers within the codified Middle Eastern society, while trying to help her husband Ammar overcome his reproductive condition. One day, her mother-in-law informs her that the family has decided that Ammar should find a second wife, assuming that she’s infertile, and telling her that she has no right in depriving their son of fatherhood. Ammar helplessly stirs Salam into a different direction, leading her to fight the battle in her own way. Give Up The Ghost will premiere in the Orizzonti section of the 76th Venice Film Festival.


Film Info

Section Short Films Competition
Year 2019
Length 15 min
Language Arabic with subtitles in English
Country Jordan, Sweden, Germany
Premiere MENA Premiere

Film Credits

Director Zain Duraie
Screenplay Zain Duraie
Cinematography Benoît Chamaillard
Editing Abdallah Sada
Producer Alaa Alasad
Production Company Tabi360
Sound Design
Sound Israel Bañuelos, Nour Halawani
Cast Maria Zreik, Ziad Bakri, Nibal Al Awadi, Amin Safi

Film Contacts

Directed by: Zain Duraie