© KHM/Ahmad Saleh

A cruel war has taken two brothers' home. Their mother protects them under her arms and fosters the seed of their new life, anxious her sons could come into danger if they leave the house. But the boys chase their dream to play a music instrument they’ve fallen in love with. A beautiful Oud. They collect scrap metal to earn the money and must find out that their mother’s fear was for a good reason. But as strong birds will always fly, the two boys become one to overcome their trauma.

Ahmad Saleh was born in 1980 in Saudi Arabia of Palestinian descent. From 1998-2003, he studied Engineering in Palestine before moving to Germany to study Digital Media at the Bremen University of the Arts (HFK). He started out writing short stories before he found his passion in filmmaking. His debut short HOUSE (2012) was nominated for the German Short Film Award 2012. AYNY (2016) was awarded the Student Academy Award® for Best Foreign Animation 2016.
Genre Animation
Category Short
Year of Production 2016
Director Ahmad Saleh
Screenplay Ahmad Saleh
Cinematography Lionel Poutiaire Somé
Animation Frank Pingel
Producers Stefan Gieren, Naser Abu Zer, Saleh Saleh
Production Companies Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (KHM), Fiction 2.0
Length 11 min
Format DCP, color, 16:9
Original Version
Subtitled Versions German, English
Sound Technology 5.1
Festivals Dubai 2016, Angers 2017, Würzburg 2017, Berlin & Beyond San Francisco 2017, Filums Lahore 2017, Akbank Short Film Festival 2017, Festival of Tolerance Zagreb 2017, Hong Kong 2017, ITFS Stuttgart 2017, Palm Springs Shortfest 2017, Giffoni 2017, Gent 2017, Warsaw 2017, Cambridge 2017, Animateka Ljubljana 2017, Black Nights Tallinn 2017, Molodist Kyiv 2018
Awards Student Academy Award® 2016 (Foreign Animation: Gold), Special Mention Plans Animés Angers 2017, Best European Short Gent 2017

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