ABOUT THE FILM
A classic in Palestinian feature filmmaking -- a traditional Palestinian wedding is affected when, as a stipulation for granting a permit for the celebration, a local Israeli military commander demands to be invited.
Michel Khleifi was born in Nazareth in 1950. In 1970 he traveled to Belgium where he studied television and theatre directing. Considered the founder of modern Palestinian cinema, Khleifi produced and directed several full-length features and documentaries for international release and broadcast. His previous documentary feature, Fertile Memory (1980), was the first Palestinian film to be shown at the Cannes FF and was a groundbreaking work, both on a political and aesthetic level, treating the struggle for women's freedom and emancipation, across the generations and under occupation, in a haunting lyrical style that became all his own.
Michel Khleifi -- 111', Arabic/Hebrew with English Subtitles (Belgium: 1987)