Spring Grant 2011 - Production Stage
Current project status: COMPLETED
Haneen, a woman in her mid-60s, lives alone in a Palestinian city, estranged from her husband and son. The municipal authorities arrive on her street and hang uniform plastic numbers on all the houses. With her usual determination, Haneen removes her number. She befriends Salem, a new boy in the neighbourhood who steals oranges from her garden, and their relationship deepens when the army arrests his father. The authorities return with a new number and affix it to Haneen’s house. She lives her past and present in solitude and nostalgia, waiting for unanswered letters to be returned.
- Ossama Bawardi
- Ossama Bawardi
- Annemarie Jacir, Ossama Bawardi
About the Director
Ossama Bawardi is based in Palestine and Jordan. He has been involved in various Palestinian productions, including ‘Paradise Now’ and Annemarie Jacir’s ‘Salt of this Sea’. He participated in the Tribeca Film Festival’s All Access Programme and has been invited to speak on several panels about film production in the Middle East, and alongside Michael Moore at the Traverse City Film Festival. Bawardi directed a short art video that combines dance and music, which was shown at the Ramallah Modern Dance Festival. He is currently producing Annemarie Jacir’s feature ‘When I Saw You’.
Production Company Profile
Founded in 1997, Philistine Films is an independent production company based in Jordan and Palestine. The company is known for its interest in challenging, thought-provoking and original films from directors with distinctive visions, and has established itself at the forefront of independent cinema in the region, producing films for both big and small screens. Philistine Films was created to support new voices and to offer a platform for the emerging independent Arab film scene. The company’s goal is to focus on the development and co-production of independent feature and documentary films, and to find unconventional stories and fresh narratives. We hope to challenge the creative, financial and practical obstacles that confront filmmakers working outside the mainstream. Philistine’s productions have been selected for the Festival de Cannes twice, screened in the Berlin, Toronto and Venice International Film Festivals and the Tribeca Film Festival, among more than 300 other festivals. Philistine-produced films have won numerous awards, and one was a finalist for an Academy Award.
Awards and Festival History
Doha Tribeca Film Festival 2011, in the Arab Short Film competition (Qatar)