A Film by Mohanad Yaqubi | 80 min Feature Documentary | Arabic w/ English Subtitles | Produced by Idioms Film & Monkey Bay Productions | Producers Sami Said & Delphine Landes | Palestine
3 young people met in Amman early 1968, they decided to establish a film unit, as part of the growing support to Palestinian Revolution, the unit was named “Palestine Film Unit”.
The film tells the story of the unit established by Sulafa Jadallah, Hani Johariweh and Mustafa Abu Ali, following their life and activities in a the turbulent period of the Revolution in Amman between 1967 and 1971.
Although the group only did one film together which is lost today, their life within the revolution in Amman and their attempts and struggles to present cinema as a tool of social change is significant, and represents an example of an artistic commitment toward the cause and society they are fighting for, a theme that we all are looking for today…
A Film by Ramzi Hazboun | 11 min Short Fiction | Arabic w/ English Subtitles | Produced by Idioms Film & A.M. Qattan Foundation | Producers Mohanad Yaqubi & Sami Said | Palestine & Netherlands
Festival Cine Palestine (France)
Palestine Reel Screen (UAE)
Festival Cinéma Arabe (Netherlands)
Eye on Palestine Festival (Belgium)
Film Lab Film Festival (Palestine)
Cinema Sayyara Screen (Palestine)
London Palestine Film Festival (UK)
Digital Marrakesh Festival (Morocco)
Arab Film Festival (USA)
Ali wakes up jumbled by the construction noise coming from outside, and the disturbing dream he just had. Little did he know that his day would be shuddery as the way it started, yet with little twists.
Pink Bullet is an interpretation of how I see young people dealing with a bit life matters in a fictional way. Yet, I realize the countless complications in story as a display for the actual situation in my city, Ramallah.
Atta Nasser, Hazem Sharif, Husam Azzeh and Fida’ Kiwan.
Production Designer Rami Arda, Cinematographer Trevor Thomas, Make Up Noor Abed, Sound Recording Ashraf Mashni, Sound Design Mohammed Aweidah, Sound Mixing boikutt, Coloring Serene Isa, VFX Subhi dajani ‘Lilitt Films’, Producers Mohanad Yaqubi & Sami Shana’a, and Line Producer Bassam Jerbawi.
9 Shorts | 59 min | Arabic w/ English, French, Italian Subtitles | Produced by Idioms Film & Rosa Luxemberg Stiftung – Regional Office Palestine | Palestine
Eye on Palestine- Brussels
18th Arab Film Festival- San Francisco- USA
Boston Palestine Film Festival- Boston- USA
DC Palestine Films & Arts Festival- Washington DC- USA
London Palestine Film Festival- London- UK
Dubai International Film Festival- Dubai- UAE
The Jerusalem Fund- Washington DC- USA “Special Screening”
Reel Palestine- Sharjah- UAE “Special Screening”
A collection of short films by nine Palestinian filmmakers, SUSPENDED TIME was conceived as a way to understand the status quo of image production 20 years after the signing of the Oslo Accords in Washington, D.C. in 1993. Oslo’s most obvious impact is that its ‘vision’ was designed to accommodate Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza. Others living in refugee camps in the surrounding Arab countries, in the Diaspora and Palestinians living in the 1948 territories were excluded, and their rights disregarded. SUSPENDED TIME mirrors this state of fragmentation through the lenses of the filmmakers, who reflect on the Oslo Accords.
A Film by Mohanad Yaqubi | 11 min Fiction Short | Arabic w/ English, French Subtitles | Produced by Idioms Film | Producers Mohanad Yaqubi & Sami Said | Palestine
As many of his generation, Ali decided to run from the hardship of the war, in his way, he meets a strange person in a bus station, an encounter that will change his prespective of waiting…
a Palestinian filmmaker and producer, and one of the founders of Idioms Film in Ramallah. He is currently working on his first feature film Off Frame.
A Film by Omar Robert Hamilton | 19 min Fiction Short | Arabic w/ English Subtitiles | Produced by Idioms Film | Producer Louise Lewarne | Palestine / Egypt / Qatar / UK
He has returned to Palestine. Caught between his brother’s past and his child’s future, one man’s choice triggers catastrophe for his family.
Palestine, as a subject, can feel inaccessible and overburdened with history. Too often genuine drama and style is lost in ideology and political correctness. But film-makers have a responsibility, art has an obligation to tell people’s stories, to tell the stories that are being buried. With this short I think we are telling a relevant and resonant story, and telling it in a way that is both challenging and dramatic. Having worked in Palestine for the last five years, living there for a month or two each year, I have been constantly thinking about how cinema – our most immersive artform – can hope to recreate even a fraction of the Palestinian experience. It is an experience that is at once deeply complex and remarkably simple. It is both cinematically physical and invisibly psychological. It is living forever in an uncertain present while both the narratives of the past and the possibilities of the future are under attack. It is an experience that needs to be told and retold thousands of different ways – this is just one of them.
A Film by Khaled Jarrar | 70 min Documentary | Arabic w/ English, French, Italian Subtitles | Produced by Idioms Film | Producer Sami Said | Palestine / Lebanon
Winner Special Jury Prize, Winner FIPRESCI Award for Best Documentary at Dubai International Film Festival Muhr Arab Documentary UAE, 2013
Winner Jury Documentary Award at Malmo Arab Film Festival Sweden, 2013
Winner Gold Hugo Award at Chicago Film Festival, 2013
Winner Best Documentary Film Award at Al Ard Doc Film festival Cagliari Italy, 2013
Karama Human Rights Film festival Palestine
Checkpoint Helsinki Finland
One World – International Human Rights Film Festival Prague, Czech Republic
Eye on Palestine – Arts & Film Festival Belgium
Films from Palestine Amman, Jordan
Salaam Film & Dialog, Denmark
Arab Latin film festival,Buenos Aires- Argentina
AMAL film festival- Santiago de compostila,Spain
Festival Des Libertes, Brussels, Belgium
Salaam Film Festival, Copenhagen – Denmark
Carthage Film Festival, Tunisia
LATINARAB International Film Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ayam Beirut Al Cinema’iya – Lebanon
London Palestine Film festival – UK
Docs Barcelona – Spain
Home works 6 – Lebanon
Edinburgh International film festival – UK
Jerusalem Festival – Palestine
Franco-Arab Festival in Ramallah – Palestine
Festival des cinemas Arabes – IMAG’IMA – Institute du Monde Arabe – France
Sarajevo International Film Festival Human rights day – Bosnia Herzegovina
Malmo Arab Film festival – Sweden
Milano International Film Festival – Italy
Toronto Palestine Film Festival – Canada
Chicago Film Festival – USA
Boston Palestine Film Festival – USA
DC Palestine Festival of Arts and Films – USA
Muestra de cine Palestino – Spain
Palestine: filmer c’est exister – Switzerland
Al Ard Doc Film festival – Cagliari, Italy
Middle East: what can cinema do? – France
Festival International du Cinémad’Alger – Jury mention “Filmer à tout prix” Algeria
70 min, HD
The film unravels adventures of various attempts by individuals and groups during their search for gaps in the Wall in order to permeate and sneak past it. Lookouts, fear, angst, running, permeation, jumping off, crawling, passing through dark passages, are stages of a complex process of passing through to the “other side” and require a very specific state of mind. Some attempts end in failure, and others in success. Some are caught by the Israeli soldiers and others reach their destination. It’s a cat and mouse game, in which failure leads to more persistence and success is an antithesis to cat’s theories of security.
Director Khaled Jarrar, Producer Sami Shanaah, Production Company Idioms Film, Cinematographer Khaled Jarrar, Editor Geaton Harem, Sound Design Carl Svensson.
A Film by Susan Youssef | 78 min Fiction | Arabic w/ English Subtitles | Produced by S.Y. Films | Coproduction Dubai Media & Entertainment Org, Dubai Film Market, Cinereach & Idioms Film | Palestine / Netherlands / USA / United Arab Emirates
Winner Best Film Winner FIPRESCI Winner Best Actress Winner Best Editor at Dubai International Film Festival 2011 Muhr Arab Feature
Winner Camera NOVO at Cinema NOVO Festival 2012
Winner NETPAC for Asian Cinema at Bangalore International Film Festival 2012
Winner Grand Prize in Emerging Narrative at IFP Independent Film Week
Official Selection Of
Venice Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival
Busan International Film Festival
Dubai International Film Festival
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Göteborg International Film Festival
Miami International Film Festival
Human Rights Watch Travelling Film Festival
Movies That Matter Travelling Film Festival
Uruguay International Film Festival.
Casa Árabe, Madrid.
Casa Árabe, Madrid.
Gaza, at the Institut Français de Gaza, on December 18.
Old Dominion University.
Mostra Mundo Arabe de Cinema.
Jacob Burns Film Center.
Chicago Palestine Film Festival.
Houston Palestine Film Festival.
Providence College with Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Kenyon College as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Arab Film Festival, Texas.
Night Gala film at Birds Eye View in London.
Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University in Durham, NC as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of the Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival.
Austin Film Society.
Habibi screens at the University of California, Merced as part of the
Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival.
Arab American National Museum in Michigan.
Chennai International Film Festival.
Bangalore International Film Festival.
Bahamas International Film Festival.
Joel D. Valdez Main Library in Tucson as part of the Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival.
reRun Theater in Brooklyn.
Ljubljana International Film Festival.
Jaffa at Al Saraya Theater.
University of Redlands.
Sheffield Cinema Palestino Film Festival.
Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival.
Latin Arab Film Festival.
Toronto Palestine Film Festival.
Boston Palestine Film Festival.
Córdoba African Film Festival.
Oslo Films from the South.
Dubai International Film Festival Focus.
Brasilia International Film Festival.
Arab Film Festival in Australia.
Franco Palestine Film Festival.
Lincoln Center as part of Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Ramallah Al Kasaba Theater
Bethlehem Dar Annadwa.
Panorama in Paris.
Turkey Flying Broom International Film Festival.
Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland, CA.
Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
Johns Hopkins University.
University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
Miami International Film Festival
Toronto Human Rights Watch.
International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, Geneva.
Henderson State University, Arkadelphia.
University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
Cinema Novo Festival, Brugge.
Human Rights Watch Film Festival, London.
That Matter Film Festival, The Hague.
Festival Intl du cinéma Méditerranéen de Tétouan, Morocco.
Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil.
Aflam with a screening in Abu Dhabi
American Independents in Berlin.
Göteborg International Film Festival
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Arab International Film Festival in Oran.
Busan International Film Festival.
Reykjavik International Film Festival.
Toronto International Film Festival.
Venice Film Festival, Venice Days.
Doha Tribeca Film Festival
IFP Lab Showcase in New York
25 New Faces Tacoma, WA
41st Poetry International Festival in Rotterdamse Schouwburg; Rotterdam, NL
Two students in the West Bank are forced to return home to Gaza, where their love defies tradition. To reach his lover, Qays grafittis poetry across town. ‘Habibi’ is a modern re-telling of the famous ancient Sufi parable ‘Majnun Layla.’ The full Arabic title is ‘Habibi Rasak Kharban,’ which translates as “Darling, something’s wrong with your head.”
Maisa Abd Elhadi, Kais Nashif, Yosef Abu Wardeh, Amer Khalil.
Production Designer Bashar Hasuneh, Cinematographer PJ Raval, Editors Man Kit Lam and Susan Youssef, Sound Recording Louis Storme, Sound Design Ryan M. Price, Producer Susan Youssef, and Line Producer Misbah Deeb.
Habibi won Best Film, FIPRESCI Prize, Best Actress, and Best Editor at the Dubai International Film Festival in the Arab Muhr Competition. Additionally, it received the Camera Novo, the highest prize at the Cinema Novo Festival, Brugge. Habibi is also the recipient of the Grand Prize in the Emerging Narrative program at IFP’s Independent Film Week and is supported by Co-Producer Dubai Entertainment and Media Organization, Zain, Cinereach, Austin Film Society, Princess Grace Foundation – USA, Fonds BKVB, Rooftop Films, Institute of International Education, Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Funding Exchange, A.M. Qattan Foundation, Idioms Film, Panasonic, fiscal sponsor Women Make Movies, Richard Linklater, and many other generous donors.
A Film by Bassam Jarbawi | 15 min Fiction Short | Arabic w/ English Subtitles | Produced by Dr. Nabil Qadumi w/ Idioms Film | Producers Bassam Jarbaqi & Ed Blythe | Palestine
New York International Film Festival
Dubai International Film Festival – 1st Prize Muhr Awards
Sundance International Film Festival
Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival
Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranèen de Tétouan – Marocco
Aspen Shortsfest’s 2010 International Competition – Special Jury Recognition
Sonoma International Film Festival – Best International Short Film
Mexico International Film Festival – Best International Student Short
Arizona International Film Festival
The French-Omani Center in Muscat Special Programs
Norwegian Short Film Festival
Palm Springs Short Film Fest
Los Angeles Film Festival
Arab Film Festival In San Fransico
UrbanWorld Film Festival
Ireland International Film Festival
Cambridge International Film Festival
Calgary International Film Festival
Starz Denver International Film Festival
Aye Aye Film Festival, France
Boston-Palestine Film Festival
Circolo del Cinema “Immagini” – Sant’Antioco – Italy
Arab american film festival – Detroit
32nd Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Film (Cinemed)
Bahamas International Film Festival
V international film festival, Russia
Columbia University Film Festival – Best Film Award Kim’s Video Best Film (“Dangerously Unique” – Student Choice Award: Best Film
– National Board of Review Grant
Eleven-year-old shepherd boy, Yousef, would rather play with his pet gazelle MishMish than help his ailing father. Desperate for money, Yousef’s father decides to sell his prized sheep to customers from the city, but the sheep is no where to be found. While wrestling with Yousef, MishMish charges the sheep, killing it. In order to keep MishMish safe, Yousef eliminates the evidence and implicates his brother’s dog, Max. Just when Yousef thinks he’s covered his tracks, his father decides to kill Max. Will Yousef confess, or will he let Max take the fall? Roos Djaj is the coming of age story that explores the fine line between taking responsibility for ones actions and lying in order to protect oneself.
A Film by Ihab Jadallah | 7 min Fiction Short | Arabic w/ English Subtitles | Produced by Idioms Film & Shashat Organization | Producer Ihab Jadallah | Palestine
Arab Filmfestival Tuebingen (DE)
FID Marseille (FR), Festival Corto Del MED Avignon (FR)
Arte Giovane Video Festival Turin (IT)
Arab Film Festival Berlin (DE)
Arab Shorts, Goethe Institute Cairo (EG)
Festival of Contemporary Arab Cinema Bogota (CO)
What can Cinema Do?, Paris (FR)
Tampere Film Festival (FI)
London Palestine Film Festival (GB)
Houston Palestine Film Festival (USA)
Cannes Film Festival (FR)
Shoot Me Film Festival (NL)
International Short Film Festival Hamburg (DE)
Adana Golden Ball Film Festival (TR)
Digital Barcelona Film Festival (ES)
Paris Cinema (FR)
Boston Palestine Film Festival (FR)
Amal Film Festival Galicia (ES)
Arab Film Festival (USA)
International Short Film Festival Detmold (DE)
Winterthur short Film Festival (CH)
Girona International Short Film Festival (ES)
Toronto Palestine Film Festival (CA)
Tout Courts, Aix-en-Provence (FR)
Palestine is occupied by the international media and is the stage for sensational news stories. Palestinians are presented as “performers” in these dramatic international evening newscasts and Palestinian filmmakers find themselves compelled to comply with their violent “meta-script” and its good-guy and bad-guy-narratives.
Ihab Jadallah both parodies and rejects this constraint. THE SHOOTER rebells against the image of Palestine as propagated by the international media and subverts this staged representation of his country and its people. In his film the “performer” becomes active: he departs from the official script and gradually breaks out of character.
Bashar Hasuneh, Laura Ribeiro, and hab Jadallah.
Production Designer Shadi Habib Allah, Cinematographer Mathieu Cauville and Mario Zugair, Editor Mohanad Yaqubi, Sound Recording Sami Saed, Music Ramallah Underground, Producer Idioms Film, and Line Producer Sami Said.