Hide & Seek

2024, Documentary

Release Year: 2024
Country: Palestine, Spain, Turkey, Lebanon, Netherlands, Syria, France
Director: Rami Abbas
Writer: Khaled Alsaid


The short film is divided into six chapters that sequentially tell the story of a child experiencing the realities of war and its material and psychological effects. Each chapter focuses on a specific and crucial period of the child’s narrative. The film’s protagonists are the child and his constant companion, the fish, which plays a significant role in the child’s life and the events he undergoes. The six chapters of the film follow the chronological progression of the child’s journey, illustrating his growth with each new chapter, while also highlighting the noticeable changes in the fish’s influence on both the child and itself. The film opens with a game of “Hide & Seek,” introducing additional metaphors that persist throughout the film, creating a parallel dramatic line alongside the unfolding events in the child’s life. The film takes us from the beginning of the war to displacement, life in tents, migration, and asylum, mirroring the experiences witnessed during the ten years of war in Syria (as an example of the aftermath of war on societies), and what’s happening in Palestine (as an example of the ongoing war on societies and what comes after it). The project’s concept is, in its simplicity, a tale of many “children, the greatest victims of wars,” wherever these wars may occur. Children are often the most affected in the equation of victory or defeat because they inhabit a world far removed from the dualistic world of adults: fighter and casualty, victor and vanquished, etc. Thus, it was necessary to enter the realms of these changes to observe them through the eyes of this category, “children, and the impact of what happened on the world of a child clinging to innocence as a thread that allows him to follow his life and the aftermath of the unjust cruelty, namely, war.” Choosing this type of story that attempts to narrate events from a child’s perspective, and opting for the artistic form of animation to execute this narrative, is a simple attempt to leave a trace and, albeit modest, provoke thought about what we are living through. It’s important to note that animation is a unique artistic experience in itself, and this artistic form is one of the most expansive spaces for the artist, given the nature of animation that knows no bounds.



About the directors

Rami Abbas is a Palestinian filmmaker, animator, and painter. He studied art in Syria and furthered his studies in Madrid. Abbas has directed several experimental and animated short films. In addition to participating in numerous artistic exhibitions worldwide, he has worked for many years in the animation field, producing promotional projects addressing humanitarian, social, and justice issues. Moreover, he conducts animation training workshops.