Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Translator

Year: 2020
Language: English, Arabic
Run Time: 105 minutes

The Translator
The Translator
The Translator
The Translator
The Translator

Sami Najjar serves as an Arabic-English translator for the Syrian Olympic team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. However, a slip of the tongue when translating is seen as a slight to the new Syrian president. Sami is forced to defect to Australia and remain as a political refugee. Eleven years later, it's the midst of the Arab Spring, and Syrians' peaceful protests for civil liberties and human rights have been met with government-sanctioned violence. When Sami learns his dissident brother has been detained by the Syrian government, he insists on returning to Syria despite the risk. While Sami navigates his turbulent homeland to locate his brother, he's also forced to reconcile with the family he left behind and the consequences they suffered for his Freudian slip. THE TRANSLATOR is an intense and compelling story of redemption and self-sacrifice. (In English and Arabic with subtitles) — R.R.

CIFF45 Screenings

CIFF45 Streams On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition

Director Director

Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf

Nicolas Leprêtre, Raphaël Alexandre, Anas Khalaf

Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf, Magali Negroni

Éric Devin

Monique Dartonne

Principal Cast
Ziad Bakri, Yumna Marwan, David Field

Film Contact

Community Partner

Northeast Ohio Consortium for Middle East Studies

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