Sharp Shorts Year 1
Running Time: 14mins
Year: 2021

Synopsis: When a Palestinian woman claims asylum in the UK, she faces the indifference of British bureaucracy and the disillusionment of an asylum officer on the verge of leaving the country for good.

Director: Razan Madhoon
Producer: David Jack, Paul Welsh
Writer: Razan Madhoon
DOP: Julian Schwanitz
Editor: Martin Allison
Sound Design: William Aikman
Production Design: Andy Drummond
Costume Design: Kirstin Rodger
Hair & Makeup: Kat Morgan

Cast: Joelle Zaghbour, Joanna Kaczynska, Brian Pettifer

Photo credit: Kevin J. Thomson

Exit 6 September 2022
Glasgow Short Film Festival March 2022
British Shorts January 2022


About Razan Madhoon

Razan is a Palestinian writer/director based in Scotland. She holds an MA in Film Directing from the UK. She has written/directed the short film, Go Home, supported by Short Circuit programme, funded by Screen Scotland and BFI. Go Home screened at 20 different festivals in 6 countries including LSFF, GSFF, British Shorts, and others.

In 2019, her feature screenplay The Good Spirit got selected for development at BellRock Screenwriting Residency funded by Creative Scotland and she took part in BellRock directing lab, led by Guyla Gazdag, the head of Sundance directors lab. Her feature script Flowers was shortlisted for Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab the same year.

In 2021, she took part in Edinburgh International Film Festival EIFF talent lab, and BFI NETWORK x Crew mentoring programme 2021, mentored by the director Dawn Shadforth. This year, she started training for BBC Studios as a TV director on River City.