The Secret Garden

الحديقة السريّة

Nour Ouayda | 2023 | 27 minutes
Arabic with English Subtitles | 16mm & S8 finished on digital
Color | Stereo


The inhabitants of a city awake one morning to find that never-before-seen trees, plants, and flowers suddenly erupted throughout the streets and in the squares. Strange and mysterious events start taking place as Camelia and Nahla investigate the origins of these new and peculiar creatures.


A film by Nour Ouayda | Produced by The Camelia Committee | Written by Nour Ouayda & Carine Doumit | Editing: Carine Doumit | Sound Design: Kinda Hassan | Narrators: Liwaa Yaziji & Leila Ghandour | Sound Libraries: Tatiana el Dahdah & Ghassan Salhab | Voice Over Recordings : Khyam Allami & Ziad Moukarzel | The horn sound is taken from “Sonic Totem”, an interactive sound sculpture by Floy Krouchi | Color Grading: Chrystel Elias | Technical Production and Consultation: Philip Widmann | Arabic Text Editing & Title Design: Hussein Nasreddine | English Translation: Ghalas Charara | With the support of the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFAC



NEW:VISION competition, CPH:DOX, Copenhagen, March 2023
Official Competition, Cinéma du Réel, Paris, March 2023