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The Digger

The Digger

A Short film by Ali Cherri

Production year : 2015


    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.

    Production and distribution (2)

    Foreign production company :

    Sharjah Art Foundation

    French distribution :

    Galerie Imane Farès

    Photos (4)

    Full credits (10)

    Associate producer :

    Abla Khoury

    Screenwriter :

    Ali Cherri

    Production Manager :

    Paul Baboudjian

    Sound Editor :

    Mikaël Barre

    Music Composer :

    Pierre Aviat

    Sound recordist :

    Karine Basha

    Director of Photography :

    Bassem Fayyad

    Editor :

    Suzana Pedro

    Continuity supervisor :

    Ali Cherri

    Visual effects :

    Hoël Sainleger

    Technical details

    Short film

    Genres :


    Sub-genre :

    Auteur documentary, Research - Experimental, Video art

    Themes :

    History, Mountains

    Production language :


    Coproducer countries :

    United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, France

    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    Minority French (United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, France)

    Production year :


    Runtime :

    24 min

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    Color type :


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    Audio format :

    DTS 5.1

    Rating restrictions :