Falafel Cart official poster

SYNOPSIS

During a stormy night, a lonely isolated falafel cart owner stumbles upon a mysterious flower that whirls him into the memories of his past.

INCEPTION & COMPLETION

The film was inspired by the ongoing conflicts of the middle east, highlighting the impact on people who are merely seeking a better life. the project first came to life after director Abdullah Al-Wazzan started to experiment with a different form of animation that employed a combination of stop-motion, computer generated animation, claymation and 2D animation.

In 2014 the project initially was made as an “Experimental” short with only the hands of characters appearing throughout the film. Starting early 2017 the project was totally re-imagined and re-made as a “Narrative short”, and was finally completed for a 2019 release.

Running time: 13:30 minutes  |  Genre: Animation/ Drama/ Family
Director/ Animator: Abdullah Al-Wazzan  |  Original Score: Dan Phillipson Sound Design: Andrew Vernon

Falafel Cart short film trailer

Abdullah Al-Wazzan is a director, writer and producer. Born in Kuwait in 1990. He Graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) in 2012. He went on to create the Experimental animated short film “Falafel Cart” which was subsequently remade as a narrative short, and is set to direct the live action short film “Soaring Over Mayhem”.

Director’s statement: Falafel Cart is an experimentation to the form of film and narration, telling a story by putting the audience literally  in the heart and soul of the protagonist. Making them see what he sees and feel what he feels without actually getting a full glimpse of him. The audience can then hold their judgments and prejudices and live his life and memories as if it’s their own.

The filmmaker single-handedly Animated the entire film, built and painted hundreds of models, puppets and backgrounds to achieve the distinct world of falafel cart.