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Eyes of a Thief

Spring Grant 2013 - Post-Production Stage

Najwa Najjar / Feature Narrative / Palestine, Algeria, France, Iceland, Jordan, Qatar / 2014 / 98 min / Colour / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Based on a True Story


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.


Najwa Najjar
Najwa Najjar
Hani Kort, Najwa Najjar, Mustafa Orif, Antoine Clermont de Tonnerre
Production Company
Ustura Films, AARC, MACT Films, Oktober Films

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.

Awards and Festival History


Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF) 2014 , The Colours of Asia Pacific (Australia)
Rio De Janeiro Film Festival 2014, in Expectations (Brazil)
Cairo International Film Festival 2014 (Egypt)
Kolkata Film Festival 2014 (India)
London Palestine


Won the Best Actor Award for actor Khaled Abol Naga, at Cairo International Film Festival 2014 (Egypt)


  • Main Contact

    Najwa Najjar

    Ustura Films
    +972 599 525 977

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