From the Sky
Directed by Ian Ebright
Hakeem and his son Abbas live in poverty. They also live in a region frequently targeted by drone strikes.
Camp is set for the night; a pause in the middle of a journey to make a crucial sale. During their humble meal, Abbas struggles to manage his Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aggravated by the presence of drones overhead. Soon, two men will visit the camp of Hakeem and Abbas, leading to a confrontation which forces Abbas to make a choice between the way of peace modeled by his father, or the path of retaliation articulated by the charismatic man Dhiya.
‘From the Sky’ is based on an original story by Ian Ebright, and a screenplay developed in a collaborative environment between the writer/director’s extensive research and insight from Muslims and other American advisers on the Middle East.
Ian Ebright spent his late teens and early 20s as a film critic and journalist for websites in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle before moving on to study directing, cinematography, and editing at Seattle Film Institute. During his time there, Ian co-directed a 16MM student short film. He then focused on completing multiple screenplays over several years. ‘From the Sky’ is based on Ian’s original story and screenplay, developed in a collaborative environment between the writer/director’s extensive research and insight from Muslims and other American advisers on the Middle East.
Producer: Ian Ebright, Lauren Ebright
Cinematographer: Ty Migota
Editor: Eric Frith
Shelley Hermon / Cinema of Conscience / Israel, Palestine / History, News, War / 74 minsBassam and Rami, a Palestinian and Israeli, were once dedicated fighters willing to kill and be killed by one another for the sake of their nations. Yet each one of them came face to face with the price of war when their daughters were killed in the conflict. Left with the excruciating pain of bereavement, they chose to do the unexpected. They set out on a joint journey to humanize the very enemy, which took the dearest thing from them and prevent the vicious cycle of retaliation in themselves and their societies. Along the way they reveal the friendship and humor that keeps them alive.