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1 for 1
Lessons for Zafirah
The Colour of Olives
CAROLINA RIVAS
Director, Script


1 for 1
76 min., 2013
Co-director, Co-writer



An extraordinary black comedy that explores the limits of survival and absurdist political power games. The story takes place in times of elections in Mexico. A candidate for Governor runs over a pregnant migrant. After the accident, and to avoid a possible scandal, he hides her in a building he owns. Pressured by his political boss and so as not to ruin his political career, the candidate evicts the migrant. In a non-realistic style, the film focuses on the stories that surround the migrant during her search for a room. A radical film, with a critical gaze, that reflects the spirit of contemporary Mexican society.




Lessons for Zafirah
75 min., 2011
Co-director, Script, Narration



Undisputed benchmark of Mexican cinema of migration, Lessons for Zafirah records the faces and gestures that congregate around the train "The Beast", which represents the symbolic vehicle of escape for thousands of migrants who travel to the United States. Through testimonies, the film captures the participation of people in Mexico who voluntarily provide assistance to migrants: the Women of La Patrona and Father Solalinde. The film's images are shared with the director's three-year-old daughter - called Zafirah - as a tale about the era in which we live. With a critical and joyful touch, the directors paint a bleak, but also a universal, portrait of human greatness - inviting the viewer to transform his or her view of migrants.




The Colour of Olives
97 min., 2006

Director, Associate Producer


Feature-length documentary. A CREADORESCONTEMPORÁNEOS production.The story of one family that lives closed in by the Wall Israel is building in the Palestinian West Bank.





Wheels of Fortune
25 min., 2007
Director, Script


Documentary short. A co-production between Channel 11 TV and Malicia Productions.
The significance of making a circle for three people during a Mexican country fair.




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Zona Cero

27 min.,
2003
Director, Screenplay, Editor


Fiction short. A CUEC-UNAM production. In the centre of a devastated zone, one man looks for a doctor to save his son.




Life Ends Abruptly
5 min., 1995
Director, Screenplay, Editor


Fiction short. A CUEC-UNAM production. Violence in the city dramatically affects the life of one person.



DAOUD SARHANDI
Photographer, Editor


1 for 1
75 min., 2013
Co-director, Co-writer, Producer, Art Director, Photographer, Editor, Sound Design


An extraordinary black comedy that explores the limits of survival and absurdist political power games. The story takes place in times of elections in Mexico. A candidate for Governor runs over a pregnant migrant. After the accident, and to avoid a possible scandal, he hides her in a building he owns. Pressured by his political boss and so as not to ruin his political career, the candidate evicts the migrant. In a non-realistic style, the film focuses on the stories that surround the migrant during her search for a room. A radical film, with a critical gaze, that reflects the spirit of contemporary Mexican society.


Lessons for Zafirah
75 min., 2011
Co-director, Producer, Photographer, Editor


A metaphor of the Flood in our epoch. 'The flood' is the rain of violence that washes over us; 'Noah's Arc' is the train that runs through Mexico toward the United States; the migrants are 'the species' attempting to save their lives. Framed as a series of humanistic lessons for the directors' three year old daughter, Zafirah.


The Colour of Olives
97 min., 2006

Producer, Photographer, Editor, Sound, Sound Design

Feature-length documentary. A CREADORESCONTEMPORÁNEOS production. The story of one family that lives closed in by the Wall Israel is building in the Palestinian West Bank.



Wheels of Fortune

25 min., 2007

Editor, Sound Designer, Stills

Documentary short. A co-production between Channel 11 TV and Malicia Productions. The significance of making a circle for three people during a Mexican country fair.


Two experimental short films made in colaboration with my sister, the composer Sarah Sarhandi.


ENGLAND

During the 1980s and 90s in England Daoud was an Editor and Sound Designer on numerous documentaries, including:

England's Glory
25 min., 1986, Dir. Martin Turner


The "Making Of" Alex Cox's classic punk ledgend Sid and Nancy. Released on
The Critereon Collection.


East End GPs
Channel Four TV , 50 min., 1988, Dir. Amanda Richardson



Doctros confront serious healthcare problems in London's East End.

Albion
BBC2, 50 min., 1988, Dir. Peter West


An analysis of Great Britain after ten years of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's political leadership. Inspired by a specially composed soundtrack by Steve Martland.

Mother, Father & Me
BBC2, 50 min., 1992, Prod. Paul Watson


Between Scotland and California, one young man tries to come to terms with his divorced parents.

Eyes Open
Channel 4 TV, 50 min., 1994, Dir. Celia Lowenstein


A portrait of the African singer Youssou N'Dour, at home in Dakar, Senegal.


Extracts from some BBC and Channel 4 documentaries edited by Daoud Sarhandi