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The First Supper

Fall Grant 2012 - Development Stage

Jamal Khalaile, Pauline Carbonnier / Feature Documentary / Palestine, France, Italy, Qatar / 2014 / 80 min / Original Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew / Interests: Middle Eastern, Docufiction, Creative Documentary, Poetic Documentary


‘The First Supper’ is a creative documentary that takes place behind closed doors in an isolated house on an island. The protagonists of various Middle Eastern countries and backgrounds gather for dinner. They are a Syrian who fled his country during the civil war; an Egyptian who lived through the events of Tahrir Square; an Iranian who has followed the Green Revolution in Tehran; and three young Israelis from different ideological backgrounds. They confront one another, each obsessed with their own history, each seeing themselves as victims, each accusing the other. But one question remains: how to live with one’s antagonist; the one who is different and who has opposing needs?


Jamal Khalaile, Pauline Carbonnier
Jamal Khalaile, Pauline Carbonnier
Baher Agbaryia

About the Director

Jamal Khalaile was born in Acre in 1976 and graduated with a cinema and television degree from Jerusalem’s Hadassah College, where he studied directing and editing. He worked as location manager for filmmakers Elia Suleiman (‘The Time That Remains’), Tawfik Abu Wael (‘Tnathur’), Sameh Zoabi (‘Man Without Cell-Phone’) and Hiam Abbas (‘Inheritance’). Khalaile also edited the feature film ‘Bena’ by Niv Klainer.

Pauline Carbonnier was born in France and has directed several documentary films in Asia. She wrote and co-directed Part 1 of ‘Sho Qostak’ with Jamal Khalaile, and is now co-writing the second part of the trilogy in addition to working on her first feature film.


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    Kafard Films

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