Make a Wish (2006 film)

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Make a Wish
Directed by Cherien Dabis
Produced by Cherien Dabis
Written by Cherien Dabis
Starring Mayar Rantisse, Lone Khilleh, Iman Aoun.
Music by Kathryn Bostic
Edited by Cherien Dabis
Release date
Running time
12 minutes
Language Arabic with English subtitles

Make a Wish (Intmanah) is a 2006 Palestinian-American short film by Cherien Dabis. It tells the story of Mariam, an 11-year-old Palestinian girl who faces enormous obstacles buying a birthday cake. It premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and received a number of awards at other festivals.[1] It was released on DVD as a short for Dabis' 2009 feature film, Amreeka.[2]


  • Mariam Mayar - Rantisse
  • Lama Lone- Khilleh
  • Aida Iman - Aoun


2007 Aspen Shortsfest

  • Won: BAFTA/LA Award for Excellence - Honorable Mention
  • Won: Special Recognition

2007 Cairo International Film Festival for Children

  • Won: Ministry of Culture's Awards for Arabian Feature & Short Films
  • 3rd place: Bronze Cairo - Best Short Film

2007 Chicago International Children's Film Festival

  • Won: Adult's Jury Award - Certificate of Merit Live-Action Short Film or Video
  • Won: Peace Prize

2007 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival

  • Won: Press Award - International Competition
  • Won: Special Mention of the Jury - International Competition


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