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Fatima, an Islamic girl, stands up against her school teacher when she is told to take off her hiyab, the Islamic Veil; she doesn't want to take it off. By using the hiyab as the symbol of Fatima's identity, the film appeals for the necessity of tolerance among people beyond their religious, cultural, and racial differences.



Xavi Sala was born in Alacant (Spanish State). He has a university degree in Communications.
He has written screenplays for feature films: “Viatge d’estudis” (finalist in Pilar Miró screenplays awards 2007), "Bienvenida, María" (Finalist in Julio Alejandro SGAE Competition 2004 and selected in Sundance-Oaxaca screenplay lab) and “El conseguidor” (with financial support from Generalitat Valenciana). Also, he’s worked as screenwriter in popular tv series and shows and he has organizated screenplay labs for students.
He’s directed the short films “60 años” (60 years old) , “Maleteros” (Trunks), “Los Padres” (Parents) , “Hiyab” (BEST SHORT FILM NOMINATION SPANISH GOYA AWARDS 2006, selected for the 3rd CON-CAN Movie Festival), “En el instituto” (In the High School) and “La parabólica” (The parabolic dish). All all them have participated in many festivals around the world and have won a lot awards.

Screening / Award history:
Telemadrid-La Otra award.
Special mention Festivalito de La Palma (Canary island)
2nd Prize OpenEyes Shortfilmfestival, Marburg (Alemania)
Best Actor Festival de Astorga.
Best Shortfilm Festival Escorto de El Escorial.
Best Soundtrack Festival Escorto de El Escorial.
Best Actor Festival Escorto de El Escorial.
Best Shortfilm Festival de video de Quart de Poblet (València).
Pentedattilo Award Pentedattilo Film Festival (Italy)
Best Shortfilm Giovinazzo a corto di cinema (Italy)
Special Jury Mention Fatfilmfest, Fattizze (Italy)
Best Editing Festival de cortometrajes Cortocomenius (València)
Special Jury Mention Festi'Val D'Oise Du Court 2007 (France)
Special Jury Mention “Relatos Cortos” de Merlo (Argentina)

37 people voted

2007-09-25 22:57:23

nice work.thanks

black mamba
2006-08-03 00:34:01

When I saw "Hiyab" for the first time it changed my mind. I'm more tolerant since then.

2006-07-31 12:45:03


2006-07-29 16:42:09

is Great!

2006-07-28 19:36:50

me ha gustado mucho

Rajeev Ahuja
2006-07-25 20:19:53

dear Xavi Sala I like the feel of the film,It is good way to expose hypocracy.Simple and honest to deal life situations.cogratulations.

2006-07-25 14:19:30

I don't know so much about religion. And I wondered what the girl though last.

no name..
2006-07-17 20:31:34

It's a very interested film.

no name..
2006-07-12 18:34:34

Space piglet
2006-07-10 05:47:32

Quite embarassing