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GIFFONI EXPERIENCE 2010 - 18.31 July

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Category: Edition 2010


Ahmad is an Afghan refugee who attempts to create a home within a detention centre in Australia. He soon discovers the complications that arise from putting down roots in a new land.



Ahmad è un rifugiato afgano che tenta di crearsi una casa all'interno di un centro di detenzione in Australia. Ben presto scoprirà quanto è difficile mettere radici in una nuova terra.


Original Title AHMAD’S GARDEN
Category Out of competition
Section Right of Love
Tipology Short Film
Duration 14' 55''
Production Year 2008
Nationality Australia
Directed by Aaron Wilson
Screenplay Aaron Wilson
Script Aaron Wilson
Director of photography Adam Arkapaw
Editor Marcus Herrick
Music Rob Mackenzie
Main cast Ahmad Raza (Ahmad)
Steve Mouzakis (Guard)
Haytham Hallak (Ahmad’s Roommate)
Hamza Hallak (Boy)
Ben Thomas (Warden)
Breanna Rentsch (Tour Group)
Produced by Kim Fairbrother

ahmads garden regAaron Wilson
He was born in rural Australia in 1976 and been directing short films since 2003, with a passion for understated human drama that has proved successful on the international film festival circuit. His films include the award-winning RENDEZVOUS (2003), TEN FEET TALL (2005), FAUX PAS (2007) and LEAP YEAR (2008). In 2006, Aaron took part in a filmmaker residency programme with The Objectifs Centre for Filmmaking & Photography in Singapore. His short film FENG (WIND) was created as part of this residency and was awarded ‘best short film’ at the 2007 Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival. His most recent short film, AHMAD’S GARDEN (2008), was produced in association with Screen Australia and premiered at the 2008 Melbourne International Film Festival. Aaron is currently directing his debut feature film, TRIPLE HAPPINESS, an intergenerational story about the rural Australian family (www.triplehappiness.com.au).


Aaron Wilson
È nato in una zona rurale dell’Australia nel 1976 e dirige cortometraggi dal 2003, con una grande passione per drammi umani sottovalutati che si è dimostrata vincente nel circuito internazionale dei festival. Tra i suoi film, il pluripremiato RENDEZVOUS (2003), TEN FEET TALL (2005), FAUX PAS (2007) e LEAP YEAR (2008). Nel 2006, Aaron ha partecipato a un programma di produzione con il Centro The Objectifs per il cinema e la fotografia a Singapore. Il suo cortometraggio FENG (WIND) è stato realizzato come parte di questo progetto e premiato come Miglior Cortometraggio al Kuala Lumpur International Film Festival 2007. Il suo corto più recente, AHMAD GARDEN (2008), è stato prodotto in collaborazione con Screen Australia e presentato in anteprima al Melbourne International Film Festival 2008. Aaron attualmente sta lavorando al suo primo lungometraggio, TRIPLE HAPPINESS, una storia intergenerazionale su una famiglia dell’Australia rurale (www.triplehappiness.com.au).


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