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Truce (2020) 8.0

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Completed On: 08 May, 2020

Director: Saleh Khataybeh

Duration: 29 min 0 sec

Genres: Fiction

Language: Arabic


Submitted By: Sa'ed Arouri

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Two men, a car, and a donkey in a life or death situation near the Jordan-Syria border.

The power of destiny gathers two strangers, a car, and a donkey in the middle of the Jordan desert. The two men are totally from different worlds. Over a silly misunderstanding, they start a fight which turns to be a life or death situation, during their journey they struggle to stay human

  • Directors
    Saleh Khataybeh
  • Producers
    Sa'ed Arouri
  • Writers
    Saleh Khataybeh
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    29 minutes 0 seconds
  • Completion Date
    08 May, 2020
  • Production Budget
    20000 USD
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  • Student Project
  • First-time Filmmaker

Director's Biography

Saleh Al-Khataybeh is a Jordanian filmmaker from the city of Zarqa. With a BA in Mechatronics Engineering, Saleh changed paths and started attending film workshops with the Royal Film Commission of Jordan. After a series of workshops, Saleh was able to gain respectable knowledge from renowned local and international industry professionals in digital filmmaking, editing, script writing, directing, acting, lighting, sound recording, documentary filmmaking, producing and cinematography.

In the year 2018, Saleh directed a short fiction film. He also assisted trainers during some of the workshops held by the Royal Film Commission. Saleh is currently working on two upcoming short films of which he is directing.

In the year 2019, Saleh directed a short fiction film of 30 minutes long “Truce”. The film now in the distribution stage. Also assisted writing a feature film through the Royal Film Commission of Jordan. Recently Saleh started working on his first feature film which is still in the development phase.

Director's Statement

The modern Slavery, governments corruption in the Arab world in general and particularly in Jordan, Arab Spring with its all outcomes on the region, Arabic traditions and caste distinctions, traditional religious practices. As a young Jordanian writer and Director, I want to talk about all of these topics and criticise them from the youth’s perspective which became devastated from this situation, where their rights became unachievable dreams, under corrupt governments, and many conflicts and wars in the neighbouring countries.
These conflicts affected the Jordanian society badly, which led to increase number of unemployment and crime and made the youth work for minimum wages and in very bad conditions, which created the modern slavery in Jordan and the region
I am aiming to shed light on all of these subjects in a sarcastic way through my dark comedy film which is a well- received genre in the world in general.
The two main characters in my film Osama and Ghalib represent two different social classes, where Osama is an educated civil engineer who lives in the capital city Amman, while Ghalib is an uneducated Bedouin lives in the Mafraq desert, near the Jordan-Syrian borders.


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