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The Digger

The Digger

A Short film by Ali Cherri

Production year : 2015

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Production and distribution (2)

Foreign production company :

Sharjah Art Foundation

French distribution :

Galerie Imane Farès


Shot in the Sharjah desert, The Digger follows the everyday life of Sultan Zeib Khan, the Pakistani caretaker who has been guarding the ruins of a Neolithic necropolis for twenty years. A witness to the nation’s founding mythologies, Sultan preserves archeological ruins, keeping them from falling into ruin. In the midst of these empty graves that echo the vastness of the desert, the absence of corpses is more unsettling than their presence.

Photos (4)

Full credits (10)

Associate producer :

Abla Khoury

Director of Photography :

Bassem Fayyad

Production Manager :

Paul Baboudjian

Sound Editor :

Mikaël Barre

Music Composer :

Pierre Aviat

Screenwriter :

Ali Cherri

Sound recordist :

Karine Basha

Editor :

Suzana Pedro

Continuity supervisor :

Ali Cherri

Special Effects :

Hoël Sainléger

Technical details

Short film

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Sub-genre :

Auteur documentary, Research - Experimental, Video art

Themes :

History, Mountains

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Coproducer countries :

United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, France

Original French-language productions :


Nationality :

Minority French (United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, France)

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Runtime :

24 min

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Audio format :

DTS 5.1

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