Fireflies is the story of a withdrawn Middle Eastern man who begins frequenting a Boston café, and the headwaiter that grows increasingly suspicious about the true nature of his visits.



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Fireflies Seeks to Make Viewers Think Deeper About Racial Profiling – Arab America

“Fifteen minutes of silent power, emotion, and reflection. That is how I describe director Raouf Zaki’s newest film, Fireflies, which speaks to the nature of Arab American racial profiling in America.”

Explorations of identity, power, and time at the 19th Annual Roxbury International Film Festival –

“Beyond the production’s technically well-executed product — in composition, sound, and direction — Fireflies speaks to powerful biases and truths that lie dormant in our society, and more importantly, within ourselves.”

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 – Middle Eastern mother
Rina Hassani – Middle Eastern daughter


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