Interview with Filmmaker Murad Abu Eisheh

AFMI's Director of Film Programming, Yasmina Tawil, recently sat down with Murad Abu Eisheh, the filmmaker behind the Oscar shortlisted film short film Tala'vision.

Born in Jordan in 1992. Murad earned his bachelor degree in Design and Visual Communications with a focus on filmmaking from the German Jordanian University in 2014 in Jordan. Following his graduation, he immersed himself deeper in his filmmaking journey and directed several short films focusing on human driven stories out of the Arab world. 

In 2016, Murad started studying directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Germany. Between 2018 and 2021, Murad wrote and directed three short films, of which most recently Tala'vison. Which received the support of the Jordan film fund and produced in co-production with SWR, Jordan Pioneers and Tabi 360. Then went on to win various awards and honours, most recently its gold medal win at the Student Academy Awards - Oscars, which marks the first Arab win in the fiction category.

In his movies, Murad is drawn to fictionalize and portray stories out of the war torn Arab countries. In order to highlight the injustices and pose critical questions to the standing socio political structures of the “Middle East”.

In his film Tala'vision, 8 year old Tala is trapped in a war ridden reality and finds solace and freedom in a forbidden television. However, the secret TV becomes a matter of life and death.

You can check out the conversation on YouTube or read the transcription on our blog.