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Eyes of a Thief

DFI Cinema

Najwa Najjar / Feature Narrative / Palestine, Algeria, France, Iceland, Jordan, Qatar / 2014 / 98 min / Colour / HDCAM
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Based on a True Story
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.

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Inspired by real events, ‘Eyes of a Thief’ is a rare glimpse into Palestinian society from the inside. At the height of the 2002 Palestinian Uprising, Tareq, an enigmatic man bearing fresh wounds, is tended to by local nuns, who help him to escape. He is soon arrested by Israeli soldiers. Ten years later, Tareq is released from prison and returns to his town, a place drastically transformed and filled with secrets, to find his daughter. As secrets are uncovered, Tareq’s hidden past is revealed and light is shed on the stifling nature of contemporary Palestinian society. Moral certainty is replaced by questionable choices, and it is clear there are no easy answers.

About the Director

Writer-director Najwa Najjar holds a BA in political science and economics, and an MA in film from the USA. She has worked in both documentary and fiction filmmaking, and her work includes the award-winning films 'Yasmine's Song' (2005) and 'Naim and Wade'a' (2000). Her debut feature film 'Pomegranates and Myrrh' (2008) won 10 international awards, and was sold and released worldwide. Najjar has spoken on numerous panels on cinema and has been a jury member of several international film festivals. She has written articles on Palestinian cinema and been a reader for Arab writers. Her second feature is currently in development.


Najwa Najjar
Najwa Najjar
Hani Kort, Najwa Najjar, Mustafa Orif, Antoine Clermont de Tonnerre
Eyas Salman, Patricia Rommel, Xavier Box, Panos Yoursaras
Production Designer
Rafat Assad
Tamer Karawan, Souad Massi
Tobias Datum
Sales Company
Ustura Films
Production Company
Ustura Films, AARC, MACT Films, Oktober Films
Khaled Abol Naga, Souad Massi, Malak Ermili, Suheil Haddad, Waled Abed Alsalam, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Fahad Jabali


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