A Film by Marie-Amélie Steul


In the name of faith and good morals, conservative head censor Ibrahim dutifully blackens naked female bodies on magazines with a pen. A tough job he despises with a passion. His joyful colleague Waleed however, couldn’t have asked for a better occupation. When Waleed comes in with the newest batch of magazines, chaos is inevitable: unbeknownst to Ibrahim, his own daughter seems to have embarked on a bikini model career. Her photo on a fashion magazine cover will irreversibly destroy his reputation. A race against the clock begins to make the magazine disappear without Ibrahim finding out. Will Waleed succeed in hiding it from his hot-headed boss?


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    Marie-Amélie Steul

    Born in Athens in 1986. Growing up in Greece, Germany, Switzerland and France, she spent her childhood absorbing a multitude of different cultural influences. After completing a BA in Applied Foreign Languages in 2007 she went to study film production at the prestigious University of Television and Film Munich. She graduated in 2012 after having produced several short films. Her graduation film DIE LETZTE GRENZE (The Last Border) won several awards and was longlisted for the Best Short Fiction at the Academy Awards 2014. Since graduation she has been working as an assistant director. HANDARBEIT is her directorial debut. She is currently working on the script of the feature film version.

Awards + Festivals

  • 42nd GRENZLAND FILMTAGE SELB (Official Selection, World Premiere, Selb, Germany)April 26, 2019
  • 47th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Lenzing, Austria)June 8, 2019
  • *1st PRIZE*
    26th RÜSSELSHEIMER FILMTAGE (Official Selection, Rüsselsheim, Germany)June 15, 2019
  • SHORTS AT MOONLIGHT 2019 (Official Selection, Höchst, Oestrich-Winkel, Germany)June 17, 2019
  • 4th PAPHOS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Paphos, Cyprus)June 21, 2019
  • 2nd INDY SHORTS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Indianapolis, IN, USA)July 25, 2019
  • 11th MALTA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Valetta, Malta)August 1, 2019
  • 43rd OPEN-AIR FILMFEST WEITERSTADT (Official Selection, Weiterstadt, Germany)August 8, 2019
  • 3rd BALTIC FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Baltic Sea Area, Germany)August 9, 2019
  • 13th FÜNF SEEN FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)September 4, 2019
  • 5th FILMFEST BREMEN (Offiical Selection, Bremen, Germany)September 19, 2019
  • 4th MINSK INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL KINOSMENA (Official Selection, Minsk, Belarus)September 22, 2019
  • 3rd RIVNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rivne, Ukraine)September 24, 2019
  • 7th CORTO HELVETICO AL FEMMINILE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ticino, Switzerland)September 27, 2019
  • 7th MARBELLA INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Marbella, Spain)October 3, 2019
  • 4th CUZCO UNDERGROUND CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cuzco, Peru)October 3, 2019
  • 16th SEDICICORTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Forlì, Italy)October 4, 2019
  • 27th ALTER-NATIVE 27 International Short Film Festival (Official Selection, Targu-Mures, Mures, Romania)November 6, 2019
  • 9th AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Competition, Lagos, Nigeria)November 10, 2019
  • 34th BREST EUROPEAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, France)November 12, 2019
  • 2nd QUEEN PALM INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Palm Springs, CA, USA)December 7, 2019
  • 5th INTERNATIONAL SHORTS-WASHINGTON DC (Official Selection, Washington DC, USA)December 14, 2019
  • UNDER THE STARS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL 2019 (Official Selection, Bari, Italy)December 15, 2019
  • 4th BELGAUM INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Belgaum, India)December 21, 2019
  • 6th FINDECOIN - INDEPENDENT INT'L SHORT & FEATURE (Official Selection, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela)February 24, 2020
  • 16th KINOFILM - MANCHESTER INT'L SHORT FILM & ANIMATION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Manchester, UK)February 25, 2020
  • EUROPANORAMA 2020 (Official Selection, Ljubljana, Slovenia)March 3, 2020
  • 36th EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LILLE (Official Selection, Lille, France)March 6, 2020
    HYPERWAVE FILM AWARDS - 2019 SUMMER FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sol Venue, CA, USA)March 28, 2020
  • INTERCONTINENTAL FILMF FESTIVAL 2020 (Official Selection, New York, USA)March 29, 2020
  • 4th VISIONÄR FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Berlin, Germay)April 1, 2020
  • 15th THE MYRTLE BEACH INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Myrtle Beach, SC, USA)April 21, 2020
  • 7th BLACKBIRD FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cortland, New York, USA)April 30, 2020
  • 5th ENNESIMO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Fiorano Modenese, Italy)April 30, 2020
  • 4th OKOTOKS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada)June 12, 2020
  • 3rd REALE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Milano, Italy)June 13, 2020
  • 17th FEAR NO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)June 25, 2020
  • 3rd UNKNOWN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ekaterinburg, Russia)June 27, 2020
  • 6th QUARANTINE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Varna, Bulgaria)July 7, 2020
  • 11th WE LIKE 'EM SHORT - ANIMATION AND COMEDY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Baker City, Oregon, USA)August 6, 2020
  • 17th INDY FILM FEST (Official Selection, Indianapolis, IN, USA)August 13, 2020
  • 5th WORKING TITLE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vicenza, Italy)September 29, 2020
  • 21st SCHWEINFURTER KURZFILMTAGE (Official Selection, Schweinfurt, Germany)December 30, 2020



Marie-Amélie Steul
Marie-Amélie Steul
Marie-Amélie Steul
Patricia Mestanza Niemi
Director of Photography
Jakob Seeman
Art Direction
Ludwig Schlepegrell
Costume Design
Evelyn Carhuas Luna
Felix Seitz, Andreas Otto
Patricia Mestanza Niemi
Sound Design
Woepf Lechenmayr
Jörg M. Pfeil, Siggi Mueller


Ibrahim / Abu Tallal
Husam Chadat
Waleed / Abu Abdallah
Mohamed Al Rashi
Özge Delioglan


Running Time
13:32 min
Shooting Format
digital (Alexa Amira)
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio



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