3 Cm Less



“How dare you leave this family and walk away?” This is what Reed says to her dead father who in 1972 hijacked a plane and died in the process. Her anger toward him is not very different from the anger which Samia, Surida and Sarah feel toward their mothers who were always too busy fighting the Israeli occupation to be present in their lives. These are the main characters in “3 cm Less”, women who wish to reconcile with their family members by capturing their attempts to do so on tape.


Azza el-Hassan -- Documentary, 60’ (Palestine: 2003) A

33 Days


About the Film

Filmed during the massive Israeli war on Lebanon in the summer of 2006, 33 Days follows the real-life stories of four people: A theatre director working with children, an aid worker who coordinated emergency relief efforts, a journalist for an underground television station, and a mother trying to cope with her newborn baby.


Mai Masri -- Documentary, 70’, Arabic with English Subtitles (Lebanon: 2007)



About The Film

The film 1948 is a record of memories of a group of elderly Arabs. The director, Mohammad Bakri, employs the poems of Mahmoud Darwish. In their own words, the Palestinians interviewed describe the moments when they became refugees. They described the brutality in which they were deported, or the fear of massacre that made them and their families flee for their lives. They speak without blame or even protest.


Mohammad Bakri -- Documentary, 60’ (Palestine: 1998)

A Number Zero (Ala Sefer)



The filmmaker returns to his hometown of Bethlehem during the Israeli army invasion of the city in April 2001. He goes to a barber to cut his hair and finds that the barbershop represents a microcosm of the community that comes to the shop in order to seek refuge from the warring world outside. The shop’s regular patrons strive for a measure of normalcy in their conversations and the enactment of their usual rhythms of life.


Saed Andoni -- 27’ (2002)

A Space Exodus



In A Space Exodus, Sansour posits the idea of sending the first Palestinian into space and referencing Armstrong's moon landing, she interprets this theoretical gesture as "a small step for a Palestinian, a giant leap for mankind".



Larissa Sansour -- 5' (2009)

A Wedding in Ramallah



A Wedding in Ramallah begins in 2000, when Israeli-Palestinian relations seemed to be on the upswing. It shows us the arranged marriage of Bessam and Mariam; Bessam, forced to leave the country due to suspected militancy, lives in America while Mariam stays home and struggles to get her visa to join him. But the situation deteriorates as fighting resumes. Although she finally does get to America, it comes at an enormous cost. With no English and no Palestinian community, she must learn to live in urban isolation. Mariam goes crazy with boredom. A Wedding in Ramallah shows a way of life cruelly disrupted and is essential for putting a face on the current Middle East crisis.


Sherine Salama -- 90' (Palestine/Australia: 2002)


Adam & Eve



A loose retelling of the biblical story in contemporary settings. "Caution: If you have not sinned in your lifetime you will not relate to this story..."


Izidore Musallam -- 88’, English (Canada: 2003)