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Yahya Alabdallah / Feature Narrative / Palestine, Jordan, France, Qatar / 2016 / Original Language: Arabic, Hebrew / Interests: Dark Comedy

Synopsis

Ahmad is a 22-year-old Palestinian from a conservative Muslim family in Hebron. With his friend Issa, he dresses like an Israeli settler and steals petrol from a nearby settlement to run the only ambulance in their camp. Secretly, he is learning Hebrew in case he needs it for the gasoline raids. Then he is hit by a car and falls into a coma. When he wakes, he finds he can only speak Hebrew. His father thinks that he has been possessed by an Israeli djinn; his girlfriend doubts his patriotism and goes off with a young man in the resistance; and his community treats him like an Israeli settler. Ahmad embarks on a journey to regain the identity he lost when he stopped communicating in Arabic.

Credits

Director
Yahya Alabdallah
Screenwriter
Yahya Alabdallah
Producer
Rula Nasser

About the Director

Independent filmmaker Yahya Alabdallah was born in Libya in 1978, raised in Saudi Arabia, and lives in Jordan. A writer, director, producer and literary critic, he holds two Master's degrees, in Literature and Cinema from the ECIAR film school in Paris. He has participated in programmes including the Berlinale's Talent Campus, Produire au Sud, the Festival des 3 Continents and the Producers' Network at the Festival de Cannes. His first feature, ‘The Last Friday’ (2011) showed at numerous festivals, including the Dubai International Film Festival, where it won three awards; Fribourg, where it won the Special Jury Award; and it was the first Jordanian feature to appear at the Berlinale. He recently finished ‘The Council’, his new feature, which won three awards at Final Cut in Venice.

Production Company Profile

Jordanian producer Rula Nasser founded The Imaginarium films in 2010, one of the most renowned production companies in Jordan today. Specialized in feature films, Imaginarium has produced many award winning films among them, Yahya Alabdallah's ‘The Last Friday’ (2011), Bassam Chekes’ ‘Waiting for POBOX’ and Mais Darwazah’s ‘My Love Awaits Me by the Sea’. The company also line produced films for many international directors such as Hany Abu Assad, Mijke de Jong , Mia Hansen-Love and Xavier Giannoli.

Awards and Festival History


Awards

Dubai Connection Award 2012, Dubai International Film Festival (UAE)

Contacts

  • Director

    Yahya Alabdallah

    Company: 
    ME FILMS
    Email: 
    yahya.alabdallah@yahoo.com

  • Production Company

    Imaginarium Films

    Company: 
    The Imaginarium Films
    Email: 
    info@theimaginariumfilms.com

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