UK I 2023 I Kurdish dialogue with Arabic and English subtitles l 10 min


In typical Arab fashion and on the prowl for lady suitors, Roula invites Zeina and her daughter Reem over for an Arabic coffee matinee. When young Reem is encouraged to participate in a coffee cup reading ritual, she gets more than she bargained for. In true Lovecraftian fashion, the ritual goes awry – she can no longer unsee what she now sees; she can no longer unhear what she now hears, and things will never be the same again.

Nordic premiere

Screening: April 26th 18:00 Panora 2

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Director: Amal Al-Agroobi
Writer: Amal Al-Agroobi
Cast: Amira Al Shanti, Faten Omary, Rania Kurdi
Dop: Beatriz Delgado Mena
Producer: Isabella Speaight, Catherine White


Is an Arab filmmaker that is London-based. Amal initially came from a scientific background and obtained her BSc in Biomedical Sciences and an MSc in Neurosciences and worked in lab and hospital before joining the film industry. Her film career began in 2012 when her short documentary Half Emirati premiered at Dubai Film Festival. She followed up in 2013 with a feature documentary about autism, disability, and special needs in the Middle East – The Brain That Sings, won the audience’s choice award, and went on to change government legislation in the UAE, creating positive social impact for special needs children in education. Amal was also one of only a handful of filmmakers from the United Arab Emirates to have ever made a feature-length film.
Amal’s passion lies predominantly in social, character-driven stories that discuss identity and social injustice. She went on to explore these themes in her films: Under the hat (2016), Vanish in Smoke (2019), a science fictional piece that contained themes of sexual abuse and pedophilia, and The Protocol (2021), another sci-fi film about family feuds, succession and inheritance; the latter two of which were made for the 48 hour film challenge and sci-fi London fest. She continues to make feature films as well as television and documentaries.