Ismail Habash

Local (Mahali)



The three filmmakers, who work as TV news cameramen in Ramallah, are caught in their offices when the Israeli military occupies the city in March 2002. This film is a chronicle of the days they spent inside, under curfew, as the siege of Arafat’s compound dragged on. Its follows the mundane realities of trying to live under a military curfew with humor and dignity, and ends with their escape from the office.



Imad Ahmed, Ismail Habash & Raed Al Helou -- Documentary, 52’ (Palestine: 2002)

There Still Is Ka'ek on the Sidewalk



Based on "Ka'ek on the sidewalk", a short story by Ghassan Kanafani. A school teacher's conscience is put to the test as he tries to assist one of his students, whose life story unfolds in a series of daunting events.


Ismail Habash -- 26’, Arabic with English Subtitles (Palestine: 2001)