Spring Grants 2021 - Production Stage
Current project status: PRODUCTION
A Palestinian school teacher’s hidden past comes to light when one of his students discovers his involvement with the darker side of resistance. The student uses the discovery as a bargaining chip to enlist his teachers help in avenging his brother’s murder. The teacher must eventually decide which is more important, the student’s life or his own.
- Farah Nabulsi
- Farah Nabulsi
- Ossama Bawardi
About the Director
Farah Nabulsi is an Academy Award Nominated and BAFTA Award Winning Palestinian British filmmaker. In 2016, she started working in the film industry as a writer and producer of short fiction films. Her work includes 'Today They Took My Son', endorsed by British Director Ken Loach and screened at the United Nations. 'The Present', her directorial debut, which she also co-wrote, premiered at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2020 and won the coveted Audience Award for Best Film. It went on to win over 30 International Film Festival Jury and Audience Awards, a BAFTA Award and an Oscar Nomination. 'The Present' was licensed internationally, including to Canal+ and Netflix Worldwide.
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.