In this silent film, when a withdrawn Middle Eastern man begins frequenting a Boston café, the headwaiter grows increasingly suspicious about the true nature of his visits.




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Fireflies won the Best Director Award in the short film category at the 2017 Boston International Film Festival.

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Fireflies, Writing a Global Blockbuster, & Staying Motivated –

“If you use the alien invading your town as an archetype of the fear of your society, then your film has a message, and everybody can relate to that.”

In ‘Fireflies,’ exploration of racial profiling – The Boston Globe

“The controversy ignited by President Trump’s attempts at banning travelers from several largely Muslim countries provides a dramatic and timely context for Holliston filmmaker Raouf Zaki’s Fireflies.”

Fireflies (2017) short film review – Screencritix

“With what has been happening in the world recently, Fireflies couldn’t be more appropriately timed and relevant if it tried.”

“Fireflies” – (Short Film Review) – A Word of Dreams

“For both the cinephile interested in seeing an exhibition of sheer craft as well as those who want to perceive existence through someone else’s eyes: This is mandatory viewing.”

Fireflies short film  – UK Film Review

Fireflies is a powerful and painfully relevant piece of short filmmaking, one that will make audiences feel decidedly unnerved for all the right reasons.”


Raouf Zaki – Producer / Director / Editor
Charles Hall – Writer
Kenn Gonneville – Director of Photography
Hana Zaki – Production Designer
Laurel Cunningham-Hill – Art Director / Set Designer
Chirin Ashkar – Costume Designer
Paul Stamper – Editor / Visual Effects
Steven Kaldeck – Visual Effects
Saman Samadi – Original Music


Essam Ferris – Middle Eastern man
Mitch Fortier – Waiter
Nour Bitar – Syrian mother
Rina Hassani – Syrian Daughter


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