Somewhere in Time

In a metropolitan city, an abandoned old man fights death with a beautiful moment that once was in the desert.

  • Nawaf Al Janahi
    Director
  • Nawaf Al Janahi
    Writer
  • Nawaf Al Janahi
    Producer
  • Yehia Abd Al Rasool
    Key Cast
    "Father"
  • Mikaela Carrizo
    Key Cast
    "Daughter"
  • Ahmed Saeed
    Key Cast
    "Son"
  • Ricardo Prates
    Cinematographer
  • Ali Salloum
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 14, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    7,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Arab Emirates
  • Country of Filming:
    Bahrain
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Chicago International Film Festival
    Chicago, IL
    United States
    October 14, 2020
    World Premiere
    Live Action Short Film Competition
  • Ismailia International Film Festival
    Ismailia
    Egypt
    June 17, 2021
    Arab World Premiere
    Short Fiction Films Competition
  • Salento International Film Festival
    Tricase
    Italy
    September 8, 2021
    European Premiere
    International Short Film Competition
  • Canton International Short Film Festival
    Guangzhou
    China
    October 31, 2021
  • Weyauwega International Film Festival
    Weyauwega
    United States
    November 11, 2021
  • Dublin Arabic Film Festival
    Dublin
    Ireland
    December 8, 2021
  • Rabat International Author Film Festival
    Rabat
    Morocco
    February 17, 2022
  • Kalakari Film Festival
    Dewas
    India
    March 10, 2022
  • CineMAS / The Alternative Film Festival
    Abu Dhabi
    United Arab Emirates
    June 8, 2022
  • Al Dhakhiliyah International Film Festival
    Nizwa
    Oman
    June 21, 2022
    Jury Award
  • Bahrain Film Festival
    Manama
    Bahrain
    October 16, 2022
  • New York World Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    December 11, 2022
  • Bahamas International Film Festival
    Nassau
    Bahamas
    May 6, 2023
  • Saudi Film Festival
    Dhahran
    Saudi Arabia
    April 6, 2023
    Golden Palm for Khaleeji Narrative Short Film
  • Imedghassen International Film Festival
    Batna
    Algeria
    May 13, 2023
Director Biography - Nawaf Al Janahi

Nawaf Al Janahi is an actor and a film director who was born in Abu Dhabi (UAE) on 7 February 1977 to an Egyptian mother and an Emirati father. He started acting at 7, and at the age of 19 he moved to California (USA) to study the arts of cinema.

His first feature length film “The Circle” was described by film critics as “a major turning point in Emirati and Gulf cinema”. Al Janahi’s second feature film “Sea Shadow” was released in cinemas across the Arabian Gulf in 2011 and reached in the 1st week the 2nd place in the top 5 movies in UAE, the biggest cinema market in the Arab world. Later, the film went on a global tour to 27 countries, the most remarkable tour for an Emirati feature film to date.

Beside making films, Nawaf Al Janahi is also the founder of a number of initiatives such as the Emirati Cinema Campaign, Black Box Cinema, and Cineolio.

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Director Statement

Loneliness is probably the most common struggle people face every day, especially in metropolitan cities. It doesn't discriminate against age, gender, or socioeconomic status. Every person deals with the impact of being lonely from a very personal and unique perspective. Cinema has been trying to explore this theme for decades, and we still need more films about the loners in our world.