Raneem & Dana Almohandes
Short Film Synopsis
In the arid landscapes of Al Ula, Saudi Arabia, a tiny mosquito named Zozo has big dreams that set her apart from her buzzing companions. While her fellow mosquitoes are content with their usual routines, Zozo yearns for something more - she dreams of becoming a singer. But there's a catch: her melodious aspirations are tied to a language that only her fellow mosquitoes seem incapable of understanding.
Frustrated by her inability to communicate with her own kind, Zozo embarks on an audacious quest. She ventures into the realm of humans, seeking ears that might hear her unique song. Yet, her attempts to serenade humans with her ethereal melodies result in irritation and swats, as people are unable to comprehend her linguistic cadence.
Zozo's ultimate aspiration, beyond mere recognition, is to meet the legendary Egyptian singer Um Kalthoum. Though long deceased, Um Kalthoum's legacy and enchanting voice continue to inspire generations. Zozo imagines that if anyone could understand her musical language, it would be the soul of a singer as timeless and resonant as Um Kalthoum.
As Zozo's journey takes her closer to fulfilling her dreams, she is met with a shocking revelation. The anticipated concert she's been preparing to attend, featuring Um Kalthoum, turns out to be a holographic recreation of the legendary singer's performances. The revelation leaves Zozo in a bittersweet state - while she is close to the essence of her musical idol, Um Kalthoum's presence is an illusion, an echo of the past.