Ajyal Film Festival 2019

All Films

Ismail (Ismail)

Arab Short Film Competition

Nora Alsharif / Short Narrative / Jordan, Palestine, United Kingdom, Qatar / 2012 / 33 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Drama, History, Biography, Period Piece, Social Issues, Immigration, Based on a True Story
World Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.


In 1949, Ismail, a young Palestinian, struggles to support his family after their expulsion to a refugee camp by Israeli forces. Despite his wretched life, he holds fast to his dream to go to Rome. One day he mistakenly enters a minefield. As Ismail faces death, we discover his true spirit.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

After graduating with a BA in Graphic Design from Jordan, Nora Alsharif worked in advertising before discovering her true passion lay in filmmaking. She worked as an assistant producer on film and TV projects before moving to London, where she graduated with an MA in Directing Film and Television in 2010.


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