The Dark Outside
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    The Dark Outside

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    14 min

    • Arabic


    Cannes IFF - Short Film Corner

    Nina is a 12 years old girl who lives in a strict and closed minded society. Her phobia of darkness is her greatest fear in life. One day at school, Nina goes through a series of events that make her realize that real darkness is not only the absence of light.


    • Grand Prize 'Women Issues' - Pentedattilo ISFF
    • Jury Special Mention - Tiznit SFF
    • Jury Special Mention - Original Narrative FF Dubai
    • Best Short Narrative Film - Franco-Arab FF Jordan


    Tala Nafa'
    Dania Miswedeh
    Haifa Al-Agha
    Natalie Al Shami
    Fuad Hindie
    Menna Ekram
    Darin J. Sallam

    Darin J. Sallam


    I know there is a film I have to make when the urge to tell the story haunts me everywhere and keeps me awake at night. I believe in surrendering to the moment and allowing myself to be inspired.

    Jordanian writer and director Darin J. Sallam holds an MFA in Cinematic Arts from the Red Sea Institute for Cinematic Arts (RSICA), affiliated with the University of Southern California (USC). To her credit are five award winning short films including STILL ALIVE (2010), THE DARK OUTSIDE (2012) and THE PARROT (2016), all of which received multiple awards and screened in internationally acclaimed film festivals worldwide. A Berlinale Talent 2021, Sallam is the recipient of the 2015 Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the 2017 Artist in Residency Fellowship at La Cité Internationale des Arts and the 2018 Global Media Makers Fellowship by Film Independent. She has been a jury member on several international film festivals and is also co-founder and managing partner at TaleBox, a Jordanian production and training company based in Amman. Her debut feature film, FARHA (2021), had its world premiere in the official selection of the 46th Toronto IFF and was selected at Busan IFF and the Rome FF.

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