The Last Friday

Faced with the large and small absurdities of life, Youssef (Ali Suliman, Paradise Now, Lemon Tree) just can’t catch a break. His pretty wife has left him and is about to remarry. His son is doing badly in school and steals money from his wallet. He’s lost his house and been demoted at work due to a poker habit run amok. Struggling to make ends meet, he’s reduced to stealing his neighbor’s electricity. Still, he manages to take it all more or less in stride. But one day, troubling symptoms send him to the doctor, where he learns that he must have an operation by week’s end–and figure out how to pay for it—or else it may be…The Last Friday. Set in the contemporary Amman, this first feature from Jordanian writer-director Yahya Al Abdallah exerts a subtle charm with its understated black humor and stylish minimalism, plus an award-winning soundtrack by Le Trio Joubran.

The Time That Remains

An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day.[Synopsis from the director, courtesy of Cannes Film Festival] : “The Time That Remains” is a semi biographic film, in four historic episodes, about a family–my family–spanning from 1948, until recent times. The film is inspired by my father’s diaries of his personal accounts, starting from when he was a resistant fighter in 1948, and by my mother’s letters to family members who were forced to leave the country since then. Combined with my intimate memories of them and with them, the film attempts to portray the daily life of those Palestinians who remained in their land and were labeled “Israeli-Arabs,” living as a minority in their own homeland.

Lemon Tree

Salma, a Palestinian widow, has to stand up against her new neighbor, the Israeli Defense Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli security forces are quick to declare that Salma’s trees pose a threat to the Minister’s safety and issue orders to uproot them. Together with Ziad Daud, her young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her trees. Her struggle raises the interest of Mira Navon, the Defense minister’s wife, who is trapped in her new home and in an unhappy life. Despite their differences and the borders between them the two women develop an invisible bond, while forbidden ties grow stronger between Salma and Ziad. Salma’s legal and personal journey lead her deep into the complex, dark and sometimes funny chaos of the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, in which all players find themselves alone in their struggle to survive. [Synopsis courtesy of IFC Films]

A Borrowed Identity

Gifted Eyad (Tawfeek Barhom), a Palestinian Israeli boy, is given the chance to go to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Jerusalem. As he desperately tries to fit in with his Jewish schoolmates and within Israeli society, Eyad develops a friendship with another outsider, Jonathan (Michael Moshonov, Lebanon) a boy suffering from muscular dystrophy, and gradually becomes part of the home Jonathan shares with his mother, Edna (Yael Abecassis, Kadosh, Alila, To Live and Become). After falling in love with Naomi (Daniel Kitsis), a Jewish girl, he leaves school when their relationship is uncovered, and he discovers that he will have to sacrifice his identity in order to be accepted. Faced with a choice, Eyad will have to make a decision that will change his life forever.

Dancing Arabs

A young Arab is caught between cultures as he is sent to a prestigious Jewish boarding school in Israel in the 1980s.

Mars at Sunrise

Mars at Sunrise is the story of a war waged on imagination. A painter’s resistance, courage and spirit can never be imprisoned in this highly stylized story of the conflict of two frustrated artists on either side of Israel’s militarized borders. Inspired by the creative journey of renowned Palestinian artist in exile Hani Zurob and on true stories and testimonies from the region, we witness expression, confinement, torture, jealousy, courage and freedom as both artists from each culture strive to paint a picture of life surrounded by conflict.

Lone Survivor

Based on the failed June 28, 2005 mission “Operation Red Wing.” Four members of SEAL Team 10, were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader, Ahmad Shahd. Marcus Luttrell was the only member of his team to survive.

Paradise Now

Paradise Now is filmed from the perspective of two Palestinian men who are predestined to perform a suicide attack in Israel. This is the first film to deal with the subject of suicide attackers.