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Man Without a Cell Phone

  • Pulitzer Hall World Room, Columbia Journalism School 3rd Floor 2950 Broadway New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)


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Join us for a special film screening and discussion with the filmmaker, Sameh Zoabi!

In conversation with

Hamid Dabashi




Twenty-something Palestinian-Israeli slacker Jawdat just wants to have fun with his friends, talk on his cell phone and find love. Instead, he navigates unconvincing dates with Muslim, Christian, and even Jewish girls, and wrestles with the Hebrew college entrance exam.

Meanwhile, his curmudgeonly olive-farming father, Salem, is determined to drag Jawdat and his whole community into a fight against a nearby Israeli cell phone tower that he fears is poisoning the villagers with radiation.

As Salem’s efforts to remove the tower disrupt Jawdat’s precious cell phone reception, preventing any further communication with his potential girlfriends, Jawdat is forced to face the battle and grow up to be a man.

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Meet the Filmmaker



  • Director: Sameh Zoabi
  • Dop: Hichame Alaouie
  • Sound: Olivier Hespel
  • Set designer: Nael Kanj
  • Costume Designer: Hamada Atallah
  • Editor: Simon Jacquet
  • Sound Editor: Frédéric Fichefet, Hèlène Lamy u Rousseau
  • Mix: Gilles Benardeau
  • Music: Krishna Lévy


  • Jawdat / Razi Shawahdeh
  • Salem / Basem Loulou
  • Muhammad / Louay Noufi
  • Rana / Maysa Abd Elhadi


Official Selection and Awards

  • Doha-Tribeca Film Festival 2010 – Official Selection
  • New Films New Directors 2011 – Official Selection
  • Winner of the Golden Antigone at Montpellier film festival, France
  • Winner of The Audience Award at Mons International Film Festival, Belgium
  • Official selection at the 2011 New Directors/New Films, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Museum of Modern Art NY
  • Official selection Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Winner of the jury special mention at the 22nd Milan African, Asian and Latin America film festival
  • Market special screening at Cannes International Film Festival
  • Winner of Dubai Film Connection
  • Recipient of Duke Grant Sundance Institute
  • Recipient of Post Production Grant of the Doha Film Institute.
  • Official Competition selection at Tribeca Doha Film Festival
  • Official Competition selection at Jerusalem International Film Festival
  • Chicago International Film Festival
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival