Facing Sunrise

We’re all here to come alive, stomp, scream, and follow the beat of our hearts into the forest.



Julia Kwan


Yves J. Ma


Azzah Ahmad



Running time

8 minutes

Country / Nationality


Our Judges say:

A fun, heartwarming and uplifting adventure film!

Ruth Farrar

So funny, what a caritour. So relatable I don't have a husband either. 😃

Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions

Favourite quote “Oh my god I can’t believe I don’t have a husband!” And she’s out in the woods on her own... Spoiler... Azzah survives, and enjoys it...

Anna Paxton


Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.

In moments of rawness and realness, we find our true selves. This is Azzah’s story. While dealing with one of the darkest times of her life, processing family trauma and recovering from injury, Azzah overhears a conversation around the question, “what do you want to do before you die?” Inspired and energized, she rushes home and begins her bucket list. Although she has never seen herself as much of an adventurer, she realizes she’s capable of more than she ever imagined.Long SynopsisWe pick up with Azzah in her own personal sunrise as she redefines what she wants her life to look like. Her story is one of identity, self-discovery and answering the call of the natural world. It reminds us that there’s a difference between living and just being alive.