Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Ajyal Film Festival 2021


Ajyal Competition - Ajyal Film Festival 2021

Brwa Vahabpour / Norway, Iraq / 2020 / 15 min / Colour / DCP / In Kurdish / Arabic, English subtitles
Rated: Parental guidance is advised. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

This film is screening as part of Changing Times programme. Buy your tickets here .


Inspired by the filmmaker’s own mother and her experience with hearing loss, ‘Silence’ is an insightful short that tells the story of a young deaf girl who struggles to fit in. Nine-year-old Bahar has recently lost her ability to hear due to an infection. Her parents cannot afford to send her to a special needs school, so she begins to feel increasingly isolated from her peers. This feeling of alienation is the beginning of a series of desperate acts culminating in an attempt to cure herself.


Brwa Vahabpour

Brwa Vahabpour is a Kurdish-Norwegian filmmaker from Trondheim with a bachelor’s degree in directing from The Norwegian Film School (2018). He has directed the award-winning short films 'Pomegranate', 'The Shepherd' and 'Silence', which screened at A-festivals such as Short Shorts, Palm Springs, Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Encounters and Aspen short fest. 'Silence' won the Screen Talent Europe-pitch prize in 2019 and won best edit at The Norwegian short film festival in 2020.


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