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Screens with short film Bitter Sea (2018)
Aleem Khan makes his directorial debut with this modern British drama that stars Joanna Scanlan in a career defining role as an English Muslim convert who begins unraveling the secrets of her late husband.
Following the sudden death of her husband, Nasser, Mary (Joanna Scanlan), a Muslim convert, struggles with her loss. While sorting through his things she discovers a secret about Nasser, a former ferry captain, which takes her across the channel to Calais to see if she can uncover further secrets.
This gentle but tragic piece from director Aleem Khan – his directorial debut – examines the complexity of grief and loss, while delving quietly into the dynamics of intercultural relationships, class and what we give to people (and sometimes lose) when we fall in love.
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Mature themes and coarse language
A woman hides her son from her landlord in this frank snapshot of life as an immigrant in the UK. Director Fateme Ahmadi avoids the sensationalism of headlines, and instead offers us a quiet story, which is nonetheless devastating. Featuring a stunning performance from Syrian actor Raghad Chaar.
Fateme Ahmadi | 2018 | United Kingdom | English | 15 min
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