Type: Short film; Experimental
Runtime: 4:41
Shooting format: Digital
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Year: 2021

Synopsis: A phone conversation sets the diasporic table as a disembodied figure prepares Qahwah Arabi / Arabic Coffee. Here, the contradictions inherent in Google Translate’s instant camera feature are made visible through glitched mistranslations. Using these flaws as a prompt, the communication between a mother and a daughter considers ambiguity as a source of embodied knowledge. 

Don’t Forget the Water was created with the generous support of Manitoba Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts.

  • ChristinaHajjarDFTW

Honourable Mention, Emerging Digital Artists Award (EDAA), EQ Bank and Trinity Square Video, 2021.

Jury Prize for Best Manitoba Short Film, Gimli Film Festival, 2021.

Audience Choice Award for Best Manitoba Short Film, Gimli Film Festival, 2021.

Screening History:
Toronto Arab Film Festival
Toronto Queer Film Festival
ReFrame Film Festival
MENA Film Festival
WNDX Film Festival
Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
Queer City Cinema Film Festival
Photophobia Contemporary Moving Image Festival
Gimli Film Festival