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Title: Final Letter
Runtime: 17 min
Country: Egypt + France
Director: Orwa Alahmad
Placement: Award of Excellence
Competition: September 30, 2018
Synopsis: A short film based on a true story about a Syrian refugee who drowned in the sea when he tried to reach France.
FILMMAKER Q&A – Orwa Alahmad
GS: What was the inspiration for your film?
OA: It’s a true story of the ambitions stolen by the sea for a man who dreamed of reaching a place less dead.
GS: When did you conceive the idea for your film and how long did it take before it was realized?
OA: The idea is in my mind since 2016 but I started writing the script in February 2018 and started filming in July 2018.
GS: What was the most challenging aspect of working in a short film format?
OA: The ability to condense and reducer.
GS: What was the most challenging aspect of your production?
OA: All the work team believed in the project from the first moment.
GS: Do you have any advice for first-time filmmakers?
OA: You are able to create change, cinema can make something if you believe in what you are offering.