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NouN

The film “Noun” depicts the suffering of Christian Iraqis at the hands of ISIS. It contains first-hand accounts of terrible atrocities, while revealing the courage of survivors, as well as their hopes and uncertainties about the future.

  • Aida Schlaepfer
    Director
  • Aida Schlaepfer
    Writer
  • MRG & Da production
    Producer
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Completion Date:
    July 1, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Iraq
  • Country of Filming:
    Iraq
  • Language:
    Arabic
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • - L’altra Faccia del Pardo,
    Locarno
    Switzerland
    August 8, 2015
    Switzerland
  • - Alexandria Mediterraean Countries Film Festival 2015
    Alexandria
    Egypt
  • - Festival International d'oran du Film Arabe 2015
    oran
    Algeria
    special screening
  • - Oman Film Society 2015
    Muscat
    Oman
  • - Arabic Filmfestival in Tübingen 2015
    Tübingen
    Germany
  • - Balkan New Film Festial doc:short – Stockholm 2015
    Stockholm
    Sweden
  • - Cinema Days of Algiers 2016
    Algier
    Algeria
  • - Gosfilmofond of Russia
    Mosko
    Russian Federation
  • - Muscat Film festival 2016
    Muscat
    Oman
    Best Arab Film, Gold Medalia, Special Mention
  • - Tripoli Film Festival 2016
    Tripoli
    Lebanon
  • Tangier Int. Film Festival
    Tangier
    Morocco
    July 1, 2016
    Best Film “Golden cave”
  • NouN was shown at servel TV & Cinemas & University World wide
Distribution Information
  • da production
    Country: Switzerland
    Rights: All Rights, Internet, Video on Demand, Pay Per View, Hotel, Airline, Ship, Theatrical, Video / Disc, Free TV, Paid TV, Console / Handheld Device
Director Biography - Aida Schlaepfer

Director Aida Schlaepfer was born in Baghdad to a Lebanese mother and an Iraqi father, and spent her childhood living between her parents’ homelands. At age 20, she moved to Europe, where she studied German for several years before eventually settling in Switzerland. Always interested in film and the arts despite having been graduate as an accountant and business management, Aida earned a degree in Art and Media Design at F+F Schule für Kunst und Mediendesign in Zurich. In 2003, she relocated to Egypt to attend the High Cinema Institute at the prestigious Academy of Arts in Cairo, earning a post-graduate diploma in Film Directing. Aida has several films and advertising to her credit, including Shadow Black and White (2001) Video, Silent Screening inside a Woman (2002) Video, East and West Dancing (2003) Video, Marionette (2005) 35mm, educational film created in 2006 for the German School in Cairo, Gangs of Baghdad (2007)HD Doc., Homeland (2010)DVC Doc., “Ana Esmy Mwaten Masry” my name is Egyption Citizens HD Egypt Doc (2011), To be we also want to be HD Swiss Doc. (2013), “Noun” Iraq Doc.(2015).

New Movie, Souls In Transit 2021

Marionette, in particular, received wide exposure and was screened at film festivals around the world, including Poland (2006), Houston (2006—Bronze Medal winner), Cairo (National Festival of Cinema; Saqeyat Al Sawee Cultural Center; French and Russian Cultural Centers, 2006; Independent Film Encounter IFE, 2007), France (2007), Berlin (2007) and Tunisia (2007). Gangs of Baghdad was featured at the 11th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards - ArcLight Cinemas in California, USA (2007), the Russian Cultural Center in Cairo (2008), the French Cultural Center in Cairo (2008), the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai (2008), Al-jazeerah International Documentary Film Festival in Qatar (2008), and at the Horcynus Festival in Rome (2008). International Festival of Muslim cinema Golden Minbar Kazan (2008), ), My Name is Egyptian Citizen, HD Egypt Doc: Nominated for Best Short Film at the Al Jazeera International Film Festival 2012 for gold price.
NouN Won best Arab Film, Golden Medallion and special mention at the 9th Muscat Int. Film Festival 2016 and at Tangier Int. Film Festival Best Film “Golden cave” 2016. And was screen at several Festival over the world.
NouN was shown at servel TV: SRI Swiss Italian TV, LRT Lithuania, RTL Klub Hungary, suroyotv Sweden and Iraqi TV. At Cinema: Lugano at Cinema Iride, (Switzerland), Vienna at Cinema Bellaria, (Austria), GOSFILMOFOND, Cinema Filum and Illusion Cinema Moskau City Central (RUSSIA), at 21. ICO Conference 2018, (Salzburg, Austria). Also at several University and conference over the world.
New Doc. Movie: Souls In Transit July 2021. Won At Cannes World Film Festival
“Best Human Rights Film” 2021.

Festival programming:
- International Documentary Film Festival Baghdad 2012

Film curator:
- Hurghada Asian Film Festival 2012
- The 12th Moqavemat International Film Festival

Aida was on the jury in:

- "The Media School Film Festival" in Polen in 2005
- "FIDADOC International Documentary Festival" in Agadir, Marokko, im November 2008
- Festival du film arabe de Bruxelles 2009
- The Third Jam-e-Jam TV Awards, International selection 2013
- 1.Erbil International Film Festival 2014
- President of the interreligious jury at Visions du Réel Nyon 2015
- 31st Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries 2015
- The 9th Muscat Int. Film Festival 2016
- 10th Tangier Int. Film Festival 2017
- Damascus Youth Film Festival 2018
- 8th Malmö Arab Film Festival – MAFF 2018
- Global Science Film Festival 2019
- Karama Human Rights Film Festival 2021

- She represented Iraq at the Festival of Creative Arab Women in Sousse, Tunisia, in
2010, where it on "The impact of modernity on creativity
spoke of women in Arab film ".

Besides having their activities in film production, in 2013, she was the principal actress in the Film „Al Haj Nejim“ for the Director Amer Alwan. The movie win the „Prix de Meilleur film au 20ème EDITION du - Festival International du Cinéma d'auteur de Rabat 2014”.

- Member of international independent observer at the election of President in Russia 2018
- Presentation at 21. ICO Conference 2018, "Women image in Islam, “Salzburg, Austria

Member of:
- Professional Association of Swiss and European filmmakers
- Professional Association of Egyptian filmmakers
- Professional Association of Iraqi filmmakers
- Professional Association of Egyptian critics

In addition, her paintings have been exhibited throughout Lebanon, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Egypt. Besides her activities as a director and artist, she works in a production company and is the founder and president of the International Arab Film Festival Zurich. Aida credits her personal experience of having watched Lebanon and Iraq descend into war and anarchy with instilling within her a deep understanding of how destructive war is—both physically and psychologically. This understanding and personal experience with war motivated Aida to complete a one-year professional training in mediation in Zurich; it was also the impetus behind the creation of Gangs of Baghdad. More than anything, Aida hopes to bring global attention to the plight of the vulnerable and galvanize action for change with her films.

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