Ajyal Film Festival 2019

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Sarah Saidan / Short Narrative / France, Iran / 2014 / 14 min / Colour / DCP2K
In Farsi / Arabic, English subtitles
Interests: Animation, Sports, Youth, Identity
Gulf Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.


Vida, a young Iranian lifeguard, has a good shot at representing her country at the international Beach Race in Australia – at least, until her coach adds a new girl, Sareh, to the team. Lanky and quick as a flash, Sareh outruns Vida time and time again. One day, by chance, Vida sees Sareh working in a field and begins to recognise that her opponent needs this opportunity more than she does. This beautifully animated short shows us that real winners help those in need.

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About the Directors

Sarah Saidan is an Iranian animation film director. After studying graphic design and pursuing her MA in Animation, she started making short films in 2004. In 2009, she moved to France to study animation at La Poudrière in Valence, France.


Sarah Saidan
Sarah Saidan
Ron Dyens, Corinne Destombes
Hervé Guichard
Yan Volsy
Production Company
Sacrebleu Productions

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