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Baba

Country: United Kingdom, Language: Arabic, English, 18 mins

  • Director: Adam Ali, Sam Arbor
  • Writer: Adam Ali, Sam Arbor
  • Producer: Lou Lou Dayeh, Matt Greenhalgh, Harley Hessel, Susan Simnett, Hannah Stevenson

CGiii Comment

This film won both of the Iris Prizes...for a reason.

The magic it has is not immediate...it grows, steadily. And then...it whacks you in the face and the tears starts to roll.

Let us appreciate our freedoms, let us appreciate Britain...it's shouldn't be difficult to understand [and accept] why so many people want to come here. This mighty film explains it...perfectly.

Wholly deserving of the all accolades...a supremely moving piece of work [done with incredible artistry].


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The(ir) Blurb...

Rejected by his family for his queerness and oppressed by his country for the same, reckless Libyan teenager, Britannia, gets an interview at the British Embassy, taking him one step closer to his childhood dream of stepping foot on Manchester's Canal Street, the pulsing queer centre of the world. Being British and gay is everything he's ever dreamed of. But he needs his passport. Plagued by memories of his oppressive Baba but supported by his found family of queers, he sneaks back to the family house to retrieve it. There, an unexpected discovery strikes deep and forces him to question where his dreams truly lie.

Cast & Characters

Mudar Abbara (as Taxi Driver)
Adam Ali (as Britannia)
Ahmed Elmusrati (as Pot washer)
Ali Gadema (as Baba)
Samar Abu Kaf (as Young Britannia mum)
Elysia Kozinos (as Nour)
Colette Dalal Tchantcho (as Fatima)
Usaim Younnis (as Young Britannia)