The Present

Directed by Farah Nabulsi



24 min






Arabic English


On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping?


Award winning festival hit, The Present began its festival career at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival where it won the Audience Award, won a BAFTA and was nominated for the Oscars 2021

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The Present is a powerful and heart-wrenching film. - Film Inquiry



  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival | Audience Award
  • Santa Fe Independent Film Festival | Jury Award Best International Short
  • London Film Week | Jury Award Best Short
  • Rio De Janeiro International Short Film Festival | Jury Award Best Director
  • Manhattan Short Film Festival | Gold Medal Best Film
  • Boston Palestine Film Festival |
  • Cleveland International Film Festival | Jury Award for Best Live Action Short
  • Festival International Signes de Nuit | Jury Short Film Signes Award
  • Brussels Short Film Festival |
  • DC Shorts International Film Festival | Outstanding International Narrative Short Jury Award
  • Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia | Audience Award International Category
  • Aesthetica Short Film Festival | Best Drama Film Award
  • Palm Springs International Shortfest | Special Jury Bridging the Borders Award
  • Bogotá Short Film Festival – Bogoshorts |
  • Heartland International Film Festival | Audience Choice
  • Cordillera International Film Festival | Grand Jury Award Best Short Film
  • Brooklyn Film Festival | Audience Award


  • Miami Film Festival |
  • Flickerfest International Short Film Festival | Jury Award Best International Live Action Short
  • Sedicicorto International Film Festival | Jury Award Best Movie
  • EE British Academy Film Awards - BAFTA | Best British Short Film
  • Academy Awards | Best Live Action Short Film Nominee

Cast & Crew

Saleh Bakri, Maryam Kanj
Farah Nabulsi, Hind Shoufani
Benoit Chamaillard
Hind Shoufani
Sound design & mix:
Raja Dubayah
Ossama Bawardi
Production Company:
Philistine Films, Native Liberty Productions

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