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A teenager struggles as a mute person in Baghdad. He grows up and socializes with other friends. That follows his development from his childhood to his daily life of communication.

  • Nawras Juma
  • Nawras Juma
  • Moamal
    Key Cast
  • Nawras Juma
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 35 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 12, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    400 USD
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  • Language:
    Arabic, English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 35mm
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Director Biography - Nawras Juma

Nawras Juma is a highly skilled independent filmmaker based in Sweden with a passion for storytelling through the lens of a camera. His journey in the world of filmmaking began at a young age, earning invaluable experience from the tender age of 13. Since then, Nawras has honed his craft and developed a profound understanding of various camcorders and DSLR cameras, making him well-versed in the technical aspects of cinematography.

From the early days of capturing family events like weddings and birthday parties, Nawras's dedication to his craft never wavered. Even during the most challenging times, he remained steadfast, using his resilience and determination from his training as a boxer to fuel his filmmaking aspirations. Just as his coach once advised him to throw 10,000 punches to become a professional boxer, Nawras applied the same philosophy to his film practice, vowing to film tirelessly until he reached the pinnacle of becoming a skilled filmmaker.

Taking a pivotal step towards his dream, Nawras chose to relocate to the UK to pursue higher education in filmmaking at Brighton University. There, he immersed himself in the art and technique of filmmaking, earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in June 2018. Through his academic journey, Nawras gained comprehensive knowledge of the multifaceted roles within a film crew, nurturing the ability to think critically and act decisively while maintaining unwavering motivation.

Nawras's remarkable talent as a director came to fruition when he helmed an exceptional documentary centered around The West Pier in Brighton. This project marked his directorial debut, demonstrating his proficiency in both writing and producing captivating visual narratives. Nawras firmly believes that no creative vision is beyond reach, embracing each challenge with an unyielding determination to achieve the extraordinary.

With an inspiring drive and a deep passion for filmmaking, Nawras Juma continues to enrich the cinematic landscape, leaving an indelible mark on the world of storytelling through his artistry.

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Director Statement

In 'MUTE,' my heartfelt documentary, I shed light on the profound challenges and courageous journey of a mute teenager in Iraq. Through this powerful film, I aim to portray the intricate complexities faced by mute individuals as they navigate through various aspects of life, including work, relationships, hobbies, family dynamics, and social interactions within their community.

The central focus of 'MUTE' is to offer audiences a deeply empathetic and immersive perspective into the world of a mute person in Iraq. By delving into their unique experiences and personal struggles, I seek to bridge the gap between their daily lives and the communication barriers they encounter with society.

Through intimate and honest storytelling, I hope to foster a greater understanding and compassion for mute individuals, allowing viewers to witness their strength and resilience in the face of adversity. 'MUTE' showcases the extraordinary spirit of those who navigate a world of limited verbal expression, reminding us of the universal human longing for connection and belonging.

As a filmmaker, my purpose is to amplify voices that often remain unheard, offering a platform for marginalized individuals to share their stories and experiences. 'MUTE' not only highlights the challenges faced by the protagonist but also reflects the broader struggles faced by mute individuals within the Iraqi community.

It is my sincerest hope that 'MUTE' sparks meaningful conversations and prompts positive change in the perception and treatment of mute individuals in Iraq and beyond. By promoting empathy and understanding, I believe that this documentary can contribute to building a more inclusive and compassionate society.

I am deeply honored to share 'MUTE' with the world and advocate for a more empathetic and accepting world for mute individuals, where their unique voices find resonance and appreciation.