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)




An Israeli sniper suffers mission drift while on a stakeout as a mysterious drama unfolds between a Palestinian man and woman.


Hazim Bitar -- 16’, Hebrew/English (Jordan/Palestine: 2008)

Ali & His Friends (Ali et ses amis)


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Sobhi Al-Zobeidi presents a group of children from the Jalazone refugee camp, his home camp, as the heroes of this original documentary.


Sobhi Al-Zobeidi -- Documentary, 10' (Palestine: 1999)

Alsino and the Condor (Alsino y el Condor)



A young peasant boy living in a Central American country governed by a repressive regime dreams of flying with Condors. After an injury, the boy joins with a guerrilla force to fight for liberation.


Miguel Littin -- 89’, Spanish (Nicaragua/Mexico: 1982)




Amreeka chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois.  In America, as her son navigates high school hallways the way he used to move through military checkpoints, the indomitable Muna scrambles together a new life cooking up falafel burgers as well as hamburgers at the local White Castle.

Told with heartfelt humor by writer-director Cherien Dabis in her feature film debut, Amreeka is a universal journey into the lives of a family of immigrants and first-generation teenagers caught between their heritage and the new world in which they now live and the bittersweet search for a place to call home.

Amreeka recalls Dabis’s family’s memories of their lives in rural America during the first Iraq War.  The film stars Haifa-trained actress Nisreen Faour as Muna, and Melkar Muallen plays her 16-year-old son, Fadi.  Also in the cast are Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat, Yussef Abu-Warda and Joseph Ziegler.  Written and directed by Cherien Dabis, Amreeka was produced by Christina Piovesan and Paul Barkin.  Alicia Sams, Dabis and Gregory Keever were executive producers; Liz Jarvis and Al-Zain Al-Sabah were co-producers.



Cherien Dabis -- 96’, Arabic/English (Canada/Kuwait/United States: 2009)

The Arab Dream (Al-Hilm al-’Arabi)



Commissioned by ARTE network as part of a series of films for the end of the millenium, this film is a travelogue through Jerusalem, Nazareth and Ramallah. The film is a meditation on quotidian injustices, and a formulation of an aesthetic and creative response to them.


Elia Sulieman -- 30' (Palestine/France: 1998)

Be Quiet



The story of a young boy and his father on their journey home to the city of Nazareth. What should be a simple car trip is beset by politically charged tension and a militarized reality- each of which serves as a foil to enhance the struggle of a complacent father raising a strong willed son.


Sameh Zoabi -- 19’, Arabic/Hebrew with English Subtitles (France: 2005)