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A film by Deva Palmier

Alja falls in love online with Ebb, a self-described jihadi, and longs to visit him. But he insists on setting a series of escalating challenges to prove that she’s tough enough. When events start taking a darker turn, it becomes Alja’s turn to challenge Ebb’s commitment and integrity.

Practice is a deceptively dark film that focuses on themes of grooming and radicalization, and also challenges us to look at the way we pre-judge people of different nationalities and religions.

2018 | 9 min | Color | UK | 2.35 | In Arabic & English with English subtitles

This film screens as part of the shorts program Moths, Flames.

Director Biography

Deva_profile_VIMEODeva Palmier originally trained as an actress at Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a BP Scholarship and after working as an actress and touring across Canada with her own theater company, she spent the summer studying filmmaking at Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, on a William and Eva Fox Fellowship.

Her short films have been selected for many awards including a Silver Plaque at Chicago International Film Festival and a BBC New Filmmakers award.

FISHY, distributed by Shorts International and can now be found on iTunes.

In 2006, Deva was mentored by Gurinder Chadha for a year on the Guiding Lights scheme.


Deva Palmier, Director
Mandy Lee, Writer
Jon Conway, Producer
Annemarie Lean Vercoe, Director of Photography
Marco Ruffatti, Editor
Steve Single, (credit Re-Recording Mixer), Sound Designer
Yazz Ahmed, Composer
Emily Jones, Casting
Matt Osborne, Color Grading


Shaniaz Hama Ali

Amrou Al-Kadhi