Ali's Circle (2020)

Le Cercle d’Ali
  • Short
  • Drama, Thriller
  • 15min
  • Directed by Antoine Beauvois-Boetti
  • French, with English subtitles
  • France, Uzbekistan
  • World Premiere
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WARNING: This film contains documentary imagery of animal desecration. Viewer discretion is advised.

This film is available exclusively as part of the International Shorts Bundle.

Memory and migration interweave in this poignant film about an Afghan refugee seeking resettlement in France.

With the aid of a social worker, young Salman Ali is preparing to argue his case for permanent settlement in front of France’s National Court of Asylum. The process stirs up memories of a fateful game of buzkashi – Afghanistan’s national sport – and the life, land and loved ones he has left behind.

Featuring arresting shots of Afghanistan in flashback, and at once gut-wrenching and guarded, Ali’s Circle is a humanistic account of the sacrifices that refugees make even when going against the odds.


Arthur Beauvois


Lucie Baudinaud


Alex Beaupain

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