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 Abdullah Al-Wazzan created the experimental short film “Arabat Falafel” as a means to develop a new animation technique. While bearing the essence of the previous rudimentary short, Starting mid 2016 the project was totally re-imagined and re-made as the narrative short “Falafel Cart”. The project was finally completed for a 2019 release.

Running time: 14 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.