Still from Sira
Still from Sira


by Rolla Tahir
Displacement, exodus, family and belonging are explored in this experimental archival “biography” (“sira” in Arabic).
2018  ·  6m  ·  Canada
Arabic, English
About the Film

Director Rolla Tahir’s debut short film SIRA is an experimental essay that traces the exodus of a Sudanese family from Kuwait as a result of the Iraqi invasion. Excavated footage disrupts constructed memories as a mother recounts the evacuation, marring the bliss of her new family. In this unique commission by Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, Tahir engages with experimental and travelogue film archives, producing SIRA in response to the travel documentaries of Armenian filmmaker Jacques Madvo.

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About the Director

Rolla Tahir

Portrait of Rolla Tahir
Portrait of Rolla Tahir

Born in Kuwait, to Sudanese parents, Rolla Tahir is a filmmaker and director of photography currently based in Toronto. She’s lensed short, narrative and experimental films, which screened across Canada and internationally, including the UK, the States and Guatemala. Obsessed with the durability, longevity and spontaneity of the analog film medium, Rolla has worked with Super 8, 16mm and 35mm to explore the analog process and its possibilities. Her passion in film and cinematography stems from the need to bring narratives to life, work with visionary creatives and to understand and be understood. Rolla’s upcoming film Sira will be screening at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival.