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Younes might be sick. Really sick. He’s gone for the check-ups and run the tests, but still he doesn’t know. The hospital that does told him they’d be calling today, to give him the big news. Anytime between 10 o’clock and 3 o’clock, they said. So, with five hours to wait, Younes has locked himself in his apartment, alone, and is trying to keep himself together as a nagging thought bumps up against the side of his head again and again: “what if you’re dying?”
Five is a slow burn introspection of dealing with our own mortality when it stares us in the face: of the time wasted, the potential left untapped, the relationships unexplored; of the defining choices that separate a life lived from a life simply existed.

  • Omar Adam
  • Omar Adam
  • Omar Adam
  • Amir Behzad
    Key Cast
  • Lauren Lien
    Key Cast
  • Firouzeh Naraghi
    Key Cast
  • Omar Adam
    Key Cast
  • Farah Diab
  • Tony Ruthnam
  • Mouaadh Chenaf
    Art Director
  • Lee Elsdon
    Sound Designer
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  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    August 23, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    United Arab Emirates
  • Country of Filming:
    United Arab Emirates
  • Language:
    English, Persian
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  • Student Project:
  • Beirut International Film Festival
    October 16, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Carrboro International Film Festival
    United States
    November 19, 2016
    North America
  • Sudan Film Festival
    January 21, 2017
Director Biography - Omar Adam

Even in Omar’s earliest memories, he was telling stories to anyone willing to listen. In 2014, Omar graduated a Digital Production and Storytelling major from the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Communication in the American University in Dubai, and wasted no time setting forth on his determined quest to become a writer and director.
He was selected from applicants from all around MENA to take part in Image Nation Abu Dhabi’s Arab Film Studio 2015, where participants are given budgets to write, direct, and produce short films. Omar knows he can never be anything other than a storyteller, and abides by Russian Author Anton Chekhov’s decree that an artist’s role is solely to ask questions. That is the core philosophy of all of his work: to shine a light on facets of life that deserve to be reflected upon, pondered, and questioned.

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