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The Nablus Runner

Spring Grants 2020 - Development Stage
Current project status: DEVELOPMENT

Haïcha Ladrouz / Feature Documentary / France, Switzerland, Palestine, Qatar / 75 min / Original Language: Arabic / Interests: Creative Documentary


Deya is a young Palestinian man passionate about marathon running. His obsession takes him through occupied territory, running long miles along imposed roads, with or against the wind. But in his territory, it is impossible to find the 26 regulatory miles with no obstacles. So Deya is often forced to run in circles. There is an extraordinary story behind his tenacity to run the marathon— one of a young man who is confined to his small territory, running through the town and its outskirts which have become his racetrack. A marathon in truncated loops, due to a lack of space. Despite imposed restrictions on movement, every day he runs on the streets of Nablus and Nur Shams, the refugee camp where he lives. He strives to reach his ultimate goal—to run a famous international marathon and achieve his dream of one day representing his country Palestine at the Olympic Games.


Haïcha Ladrouz
Haïcha Ladrouz
Palmyre A. Badinier, Ossama Bawardi

About the Director

After finishing her cinema studies, Haïcha Ladrouz began working for French TV channels ARTE and Canal+, reporting in conflict zones such as Algeria, Palestine, Syria and Yugoslavia. She made her first documentary 'Des Pas Sans Elle' in 2000, before entering The Documentary School of Lussas. After making several short fictions and video clips, she entered the Femis cinema school in 2004. In 2009 and 2012, she returned to the West Bank to make the feature-length documentary 'Hope in the Bottle', which received several international awards. A feature film, 'The Soul Fruits' followed. In 2019, she graduated with a screenwriting masterʼs degree with honours. Haïcha is currently working on a new documentary project for the cinema: the story of a Palestinian marathon runner. She divides her time between fiction writing and documentaries.

Production Company Profile

Philistine Films is an independent production company founded in 1997 with offices in both Palestine and Jordan, supporting new voices and offering a platform for the emerging independent Arab film scene. Known for an interest in challenging, thought-provoking and original movies, Philistine Films has established itself at the forefront of independent cinema in the region, producing films for directors like Annemarie Jacir, Ossama Bawardi, Dahna Abourahme, Kamran Rastegar, Rami Yasin, Zain Duraie, Mai Masri and Catherine Rios, with Official Selections of the Cannes, screenings in Venice, Berlin, Toronto and Tribeca, a finalist for an Academy Award and more than 300 other festivals and numerous awards. With the conviction that in order to build a truly independent cinema, a self-sufficient industry should exist with professional crew and genuinely independent voices, Philistine organises screenwriting and directing workshops and technical crew training. The company also hosted director Ken Loach for his historic first visit to Ramallah in 2011, organised several screenings, most significantly the Dreams of a Nation travelling film festival and database.

Since 2005, Akka Films has dedicated itself to art-house documentaries, fiction films and television programs. Based in Geneva, at the crossroads of Europe, we favour works of international and universal scope, although strongly anchored and incarnated in their regions of origin: powerful, contemporary and singular films carried by an affirmed vision of their authors. This approach naturally leads us to co-produce most of our projects to offer them the widest resonance. Akka Films production board gathers founder and filmmaker Nicolas Wadimoff, and senior producers Philippe Coeytaux and Palmyre Badinier.


  • Main Contact

    Haïcha Ladrouz


  • Production Company

    Philistine Films

    Philistine Films

  • Production Company

    Akka Films

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