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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Stand-by Office

director: Randa Maroufi
original title: Stand-by Office
country: Lebanon, France, Netherlands, Romania
year: 2017
running time: 13 min.

synopsis

The camera enters an office. The receptionist answers the telephone, her co-workers drink coffee during their break and talk about their plans. Later, there is a meeting. The stiffness of the situation reveals a hidden story. What exactly took place from June 2015 to September 2016 in the government building in Amsterdam?

biography

Moroccan filmmaker Randa Maroufi (1987) is interested in questions of society and politics, in particular gender issues. Her multidisciplinary approach to her subjects is expressed in film, photography and performance art.

more about film

director: Randa Maroufi
cast: We Are Here group Maroufi
producer: Randa Maroufi
photography: Victor Zebo
editing: Randa Maroufi
music: Mehran Pourmandan
sound: Maral Pourmandan

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section: Short Joy
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section: Short Joy
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section: Short Joy
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