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Bye Bye Tiberias

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Lina Soualem / Feature Documentary / France, Palestine, Belgium, Qatar / 2023 / 80 min / Original Language: Arabic, French / Interests: Drama


Thirty years ago, Hiam left her native Palestinian village Deir Hanna in Galilee—where she grew up with her grandmother Um Ali, her mother Neemat and her seven sisters—to pursue her dream of becoming an actress in Paris. The place where her daughter Lina was born, thirty-two years ago. Despite her departure, Hiam took Lina to her village every summer during her childhood, and all their trips were filmed. As Lina looks back at these videotapes from the nineties, she starts questioning her mother’s bold choices, her chosen exile and the way the women of her family, whom she left behind, have influenced her life.

The personal journey of each woman figure in the film takes us back to a time slot in history. Despite their dispersed Palestinian identity in different territories, they have taken control over their destinies and influenced the world around them. The film, set between past and present, pieces together images shot today, family footage and historical archives. It explores the transmission of memory, space, know-how, femininity and resistance. It’s a voyage through the different lives of Palestinian women for whom dispossession has become the norm and resilience a daily background music.


Lina Soualem
Lina Soualem, Nadine Naous
Jean-Marie Nizan
Production Company
Beall Productions

About the Director

Lina Soualem is a French-Palestinian-Algerian filmmaker and actress born and based in Paris. After studying History and Political Science at La Sorbonne University, Lina worked as a programmer for film festivals. Lina’s debut feature documentary 'Their Algeria' (Visions du Réel 2020), received several awards at international film festivals. Lina acted in three feature films directed by Hafsia Herzi, Hiam Abbass and Rayhana. She is currently developing her second feature documentary 'Bye Bye Tiberias', and works as an author of fictions, documentaries and TV series.


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    Lina Soualem


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    Jean-Marie Nizan

    Beall Production

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