The Ballad


Short Film – Ontario – 2018 –  3:50 min

Color | No dialogue | 4:3 | Shot on 65mm Film | Stereo


The Ballad is a visual exploration of relationships, captured on 65mm film with unrehearsed couples.

  • Brussels Independent Film Festival, 2019

Alex Oliver

Tiana Prince

Ryan Bruce

Paniz Yousefzadeh

Kadeem Johnson

Sumiko Wilson

Sierra Van Arragon

Lawrence Yance

Max Melanin

Sasha Premiere

Sakshi Shetty

Quinn Underwood

Aaron Anaga

Ailed Vargas

Director: Haya Waseem
Director of photography:  Christopher Lew
Production Designer: Dialla Kawar
Editing: Haya Waseem
Score: Spencer Creaghan

Born in Pakistan and raised in Switzerland, Haya Waseem grew up with a fascination for people and places, igniting her passion for storytelling. Her work focuses on capturing honest characters and visuals that embark on an emotional journey, providing the audience a small window into someone else’s truth. Waseem has directed several shorts, including Shahzad (TIFF ‘16), Some Other Place (Cannes ‘16) and Familiar (Berlinale ‘16, Enroute ‘16). In 2016, Haya completed the Director’s Lab Residency at the Canadian Film Centre founded by Norman Jewison. Currently, Haya is interested in exploring honest portraits encapsulated in evocative imagery in Narrative, Documentary or Commercial works. Haya is represented by Variable in the U.S for commercial and branded content.


The Ballad (2019)

Vice’s Net Worthy (2017)

CBC’s Brand Canada; Canadian Dream (2017)

Sororis (2017)

Gül (2016)

Pull (2015)

Some Other Place (2015)

Shazad (2015)

Familiar (2014)

Mimos (2014)