The Translator

The Translator

Original Name: The Translator
English Name: The Translator
Year: 2020
Run Time: 105 min
Language: Arabic, English
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: Syria
Director: Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf
Cast: Ziad Bakri, Yumna Marwan, David Field
Screenplay: Rana Kazkaz
Cinematographer: Eric Devin
Editor: Monique Dartonne
Sound Designer: Luc Cuveele
Music Composer: Thomas Couzinier, Frédéric Kooshmanian
Costume Designer: Omaymah Tieby
Production Designer:Catherine Cosme
Production Company: Georges Films, Synéastes Films
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  • Tallinn Black Nights 2020

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2016 Mare Nostrum (Short)
  • 2015 Searching for the Translator
  • 2011 Deaf Day

Director’s Biography:

Rana Kazkaz & Anas Khalaf

Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf are Syrian with dual French and American nationalities. They currently live in Doha after leaving Damascus due to the Syrian conflict.
They have written and directed five short films and are developing several feature films. Their last short, Mare Nostrum (2016), started its run in festivals with selections in Sundance and Dubai, and has now received over 110 international selections and 36 awards.
The Translator is their debut feature film.


In 2000, Sami was the Arabic-English translator for the Syrian Olympic team in Sydney, Australia. A slip of the tongue forced him to stay in Australia and live in exile as a political refugee. In 2011, when the Syrian revolution starts and his brother is arrested, Sami risks everything to return to Syria to find him.