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Ajyal Film Festival 2019

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Negative Space

Ajyal Competition

Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata / Short Narrative / France / 2017 / 6 min / Colour / DCP
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Animation
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


  • Playing in: Resilience
  • Sun, Dec 2, 07:00 PM, Katara Building 16, Opera House (K16-OH)
    Tickets sales closed


Based on a 150-word poem by Ron Koertge, ‘Negative Space’ tells the story of a relationship between a father and his son, Sam. Rarely at home due to frequently travelling for business, his father connects with Sam by teaching him the meticulous art of packing a suitcase, in this bittersweet tale about how sometimes it is the little things that can form the longest lasting bonds.

Official Film Website

About the Directors

Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata are a filmmaking duo based in Baltimore, USA. Collaborating for over a decade as 'Tiny Inventions', they have directed short films, TV commercials, music videos and comics. Produced by Ikki Films and Manuel Cam Studio in France, 'Negative Space' is their fourth professional film.


Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata
Nidia Santiago, Edwina Liard
Max Porter
Jean-Louis Padis
Bram Meindersma
Nadine Buss, Simon Gesrel, Max Porter
Production Company
Ikki Films, Manuel Cam Studio, Ikki Inc.
Bram Meindersma
Set Designer
Ru Kuwahata, Marion Lacourt, Victoria Tanto, Max Porter
Miyu Distribution
Voice: Albert Birney

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