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

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

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