The stunning 15-minute short film Warsha by Syrian-Lebanese filmmaker Dania Bdier, a Sundance prizewinner and festival favourite since its release in 2022, explores the lives of Syrian migrants in Lebanon and the ravages of war. Warsha was also shortlisted for the 95th Academy Awards in the 'Live Action Short Film category'. The film unfolds over multiple layers and provides an intimate peek at desire and hope that defy the indignity of migrant life. Bdier collaborated with Arab musician Khansa, who plays the role of Mohammed, one among a number of Syrian migrants working at a construction site; except, Mohammed has dreams of expressing himself in drag. Bdier is part of a new wave of feminist Arab filmmakers who are telling stories from this troubled region in their own language, in their own cinematic idiom. Warsha was showcased at the Serendipity Arts Festival, 2022 as part of Sudarshan Shetty's curation, 'Who is Asleep Who is Awake'
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