The Parrot
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    The Parrot

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    18 min

    • Arabic
    • Hebrew
    • Yiddish


    Robert Bosch Stiftung’s Film Prize for Short Fiction Film

    1948. Haifa, Palestine. A Mizrahi Jewish family from Tunisia tries to settle into their new life, but is haunted by a rather disturbing houseguest, a parrot left behind by the former Arab residents.


    Hend Sabry
    Ashraf Barhoum
    Yassmine Ben Amara
    Eyad Hourani
    Firas Taybeh
    Lara Sawalha
    Ahmad Al-Madani
    Amjad Al Rasheed
    Darin J. Sallam
    Rifqi Assaf
    Samer Nimri
    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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