Ablution

A Film by Omar Al Dakheel

Synopsis

The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion.

Director

  • Picture of Omar Al Dakheel © Omar Al Dakheel

    Omar Al Dakheel

    Born and raised in Kuwait, Omar Al Dakheel moved to the US at 17 after receiving a full merit scholarship to the University of Miami. After graduating with a BA in Theatre Arts and a BS in Broadcast Journalism, he worked at Al Jazeera English TV Channel in Washington, DC. Omar then realized that his true passion was in Film and went on to earn his MFA at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he immersed himself in all aspects of Filmmaking.

    Prior to "Ablution” Omar made "Jihad in Hollywood", featuring Werner Herzog, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Kuwait Int'l Film Festival. He also directed “ l imam", following one of the world's few female Imams, which premiered at the Hot Springs Doc Film Festival.
    Omar is based in Los Angeles. His goal is to tell diverse stories with universal values that can bridge the gap between the East and the West.”

Awards + Festivals

  • 21st URBANWORLD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, NY, USA)September 21, 2017
  • 24th AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, TX, USA)October 29, 2017
  • NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARD (Competition, North Carolina, USA)November 16, 2017
  • NEAR NAZARETH FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Israel)December 13, 2017
  • 2nd CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 24, 2017
  • 3rd CARIBBEAN SEA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pampatar, Venezuela)January 11, 2018
  • 3rd INDIEFLICKS FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Manchester, London & Sheffield, England)February 7, 2018
  • *DIRECTOR'S CHOICE AWARD*
    3rd INDIEFLICKS FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Liverpool, England)February 12, 2018
  • 21st ROZE FILMDAGEN 2018 (Official Selection, Amsterdam, Netherlands)March 8, 2018
  • SHORT TO THE POINT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Romania)
  • 15th OUTFEST FUSION SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)March 9, 2018
  • 1st GLOBAL INDIA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)March 24, 2018
  • 8th CAPITAL CITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lansing, MI, USA)April 11, 2018
  • 42nd ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL (Atlanta, GA, USA)April 13, 2018
  • 27th ARIZONA INTL. FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tucson, AZ, USA)April 18, 2018
  • 16th INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL BOSTON (Official Selection, Somerville, MA, USA)April 25, 2018
  • 5th EMERGE FILM FESTIVAL OF MAINE (Official Selection, Lewsiton/Auburn, USA)April 26, 2018
  • *BEST OF FEST*
    60th ROCHESTER INTL. FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, NY, USA)April 26, 2018
  • 15th INDY FILM FEST (Official Selection, Indianapolis, IN, USA)April 26, 2018
  • 6th FRONT RANGE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Longmont, CO, USA)April 27, 2018
  • 34th LA ASIAN PACIFIC FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)May 3, 2018
  • 28th INSIDE OUT TORONTO LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada)May 4, 2018
  • 10th FILM FEST PETALUMA (Official Selection, Petaluma, CA, USA)May 5, 2018
  • 12th REEL SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada)May 8, 2018
  • 9th KASHISH MUMBAI INT'L QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Mumbai, India)May 23, 2018
  • 20th BLUECAT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2018 (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)June 19, 2018
  • OUTFEST LA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, CA, USA)July 12, 2018
  • AMERICAN CINEMATHEQUE ANNUAL SHORTS (Official Selection, Hollywood, CA, USA)July 19, 2018
  • REEL DESIRES, CHENNAI INTERNATIONAL QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)July 27, 2018
  • 27th WOODS HOLE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Woods Hole, MA, USA)July 27, 2018
  • SAN ANTONIO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, TX, USA)August 1, 2018
  • NORTH CAROLINA GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Durham, NC, USA)August 16, 2018
  • SIDEWALK FILM FESTIVAL / SHOUT LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Birmingham, AL, USA)August 20, 2018
  • BRONZELENS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Atlanta, GA, USA)August 22, 2018
  • 6th QUEER SCREEN FILM FEST (Official Selection, Darlinghurst, Australia)September 18, 2018
  • OSLO/FUSION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Norway)September 19, 2018
  • REELING: THE CHICAGO LGBTQ + INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)September 20, 2018
  • *BEST DIRECTOR STUDENT FILM*
    3rd REVOLUTION ME FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, New York, USA)September 21, 2018
  • CATALINA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, CA, USA)September 26, 2018
  • *BEST OF FEST*
    2nd BOLTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bolton, Manchester, UK)October 2, 2018
  • BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lebanon)October 3, 2018
  • MONTANA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, MT, USA)October 4, 2018
  • 6th SUNSCREEN FILM FESTIVAL WEST (Official Selection, Hermosa Beach, USA)October 5, 2018
  • BALI INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bali)October 6, 2018
  • 10th SAN JOSE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, San Jose, USA)October 11, 2018
  • REEL AFFIRMATIONS: WASHINGTON DC'S INTERNATIONAL LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)October 18, 2018
  • 18th THE BARCELONA INT'L LGBTIB FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Barcelona, Spain)October 18, 2018
  • 21st INDIE MEMPHIS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Memphis, USA)November 1, 2018
  • 21st ARPA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hollywood, USA)November 2, 2018
  • 8th AESTHETICA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, York, UK)November 7, 2018
  • 12th INSIDE OUT, OTTAWA LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ottawa, Canada)November 9, 2018

Trailer

Crew

Director
Omar Al Dakheel
Screenplay
Omar Al Dakheel
Producer
Omar Al Dakheel, Xing-Mai Deng, Itai Forman
Director of Photography
Xing-Mai Deng
Art Direction
Arman Gosparini
Sound
Kevin O’Farrell
Editor
Avi Glick
Sound Design
Jane Jia Zheng
Music
Murat Selcuk

Details

Running Time
15 min.
Shooting Format
Digital, 35mm, Alexa Mini
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
2.35 (Scope)
Sound
Stereo 5.1
Website

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

FILM SCHOOL

USC School of Cinematic Arts
Sandrine Faucher Cassidy
Senior Director Festivals & Distribution
Industry Relations
900 W. 34th St. | SCA 235 | Los Angeles, CA |
90089-2211, USA

DIRECTOR

Omar Al Dakheel

o.aldakheel@gmail.com
http://www.omaraldakheel.com

Instagram, Twitter & Facebook: omar_al_dakheel