Cinema

Wajib

Abu Shadi is a divorced father and a schoolteacher in his mid-60s living in Nazareth. After his daughter’s wedding in one month he will be living alone. Shadi, his architect son, arrives from Rome after years abroad to help his father in hand delivering the wedding invitations as per local Palestinian custom. As the estranged pair spend the day together, the tense details of their relationship come to a head challenging their fragile and very different lives.

The Day I Lost My Shadow

In Damascus, young pharmacist Sana is trying to give her son as normal of a childhood as possible. It is 2012, the start of the war in Syria, and water, gas and electricity are scarce. Sana hears there are bottles of gas for grabs in a city nearby. She sets off on a search that quickly gets out of hand after she encounters an unexpected roadblock. Along the way, she experiences the kindness of strangers, but also her worst nightmare. In an olive grove, she discovers that people can lose their shadows – as if the traumatic experience of war causes them to lose something of themselves.

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Sam, a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country to Lebanon to escape the war to be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life. He accepts to have his back tattooed by one of by the World’s most sulfurous contemporary artist. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will however come to realize that his decision might mean anything but freedom

A Son

Tunisia, summer 2011. The holiday to the South of the country ends in disaster for Fares, Meriem and their 10-year-old son Aziz, when he is accidentally shot in an ambush. His injury will change their lives: Aziz needs a liver transplant, which leads to discovery of a long-buried secret.

Layla Departs Her Soul

Layla, an 18-year-old Syrian woman, flees the Syrian war with her mother. However, death follows her as she is forced to marry a man as old as her father. The film unveils the unusual story of Layla on her spiritual journey on how she transforms from a victim to a saint.

Passerby

Tired and embittered Adnan accidentally encounters Basel, a wounded soldier from the war in Syria lying behind the border fence, he decides to rescue him and embarks on a journey, in an attempt to fulfil Basel’s dream, but first Adnan has to confront the village leaders, the Israeli army, and most of all his hard and stubborn  father.

The Maidan’s Pond

‘The Maiden’s Pond’ tells the story of Salma and her returning daughter Thuraya, and their attempt to preserve, maintain and reconstruct their lives, with and against each other. Salma survived many years by protecting her independence and reached her peace by letting go of any attachments. But the past does not let go of Salma and brings back Thuraya—defeated, divorced, and pregnant.

200 Meters

Mustafa and his wife Salwa come from two Palestinian villages that are only 200 meters apart but separated by the wall. Their unusual living situation is starting to affect their otherwise happy marriage, but the couple does what they can to make it work. Every night, Mustafa flashes a light from his balcony to wish his children on the other side a goodnight, and they signal him back. One day Mustafa gets a call that every parent dreads; his son has been in an accident. He rushes to the checkpoint where he must agonizingly wait in line only to find out there is a problem with his fingerprints and is denied entry. Desperate, Mustafa resorts to hiring a smuggler to bring him across. His once 200-meter journey becomes a 200-kilometer odyssey joined by other travelers determined to cross.

Maradona’s Legs

During the 1990 World Cup, two young Palestinian boys are on a quest for “Maradona’s legs”; the last missing sticker that they need in order to complete their world cup album and win a free Atari.