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Cinema Palestine

Fall Grant 2011 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED

Tim Schwab / Feature Documentary / Palestine, Canada, Qatar / 2011 / 80 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic, English / Interests: Documentary, Middle Eastern, Politics, Identity


This film will focus on the ‘fourth wave’ of Palestinian cinema, running from 1980 to the present and now considered a significant artistic force in world cinema. Films from this period have screened in major festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Toronto, and have won internationally renowned awards. Constructed as a series of dialogues in which the filmmakers speak on a series of linked themes, the subjects address their ancestral roots, their relationship to the landscape, the political situation and the concept of a Palestinian ‘national’ cinema.


Tim Schwab
Tim Schwab
Majdi El-Omari

About the Director

Tim Schwab is a Film and Television Production graduate from Montana State University and has an MFA in Cinema Production from Montreal's Concordia University. He is a producer, director and editor whose films and experimental works have screened at festivals, museums and on television around the world. His many awards include a Documentary Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association for ‘The Burning Barrel’ (1997). His recent work includes the CBC documentary ‘Being Osama’ (co-directed with Mahmoud Kaabour). He is currently working on a multimedia community art project about the Montreal neighbourhood of NDG and the oral history project ‘Stories of Montrealers Displaced by War, Genocide and Other Human Rights Abuses’.

Production Company Profile

Phoenix Films is a Quebec-based film production company owned by Majdi El-Omari. The company initially produced films that were directed by El-Omari, then expanded its vision and scope to produce work by filmmakers who share El-Omari’s perspective and projects that are relevant to the company’s vision of engaging filmmaking. Phoenix Films co-produced Emtiaz Diab’s ‘Being with Juliano’ (2011) and Tim Schwab’s ‘Cinema Palestine’. Other documentaries in development include films exploring the situation of women in Tunisia and in the Palestinian camps in Lebanon.

Awards and Festival History


London Palestine Film Festival 2014 (UK)
“Cinéma Vérité” Iran International Documentary Film Festival 2014 (Iran)
Bristol Palestine Film Festival 2014 (UK)
Boston Palestine Film Festival 2014 (USA)
San Francisco Arab Film Festival 2014 (USA)

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