HAIFA

Synopsis

Haifa, nicknamed after the city of his love and hope, goes around and comes around in a Palestinian refugee camp. Although he is everybody's fool, there are many things that only he knows.

He is closely related to the family of Abu Said, a former policeman who gains new hopes from the political developments. Oum Said, his wife, hangs her hope on the imminent release of their eldest son, Said, from jail. She tries to find him a bride to secure things for the future. Their youngest son, Siad, is cynical and rebellious. He refuses to believe things. Sabah, the 12-year-old daughter is romancing the future and wants to find out what's in it for her. The different stories are interwoven into a very timely insight into the current Palestinian mind.

Year

1996

Duration

75 Mins

Genre

DramaWar

Language

Arabic

Country

Netherlands,  Palestine

Director

Rashid Masharawi was born in 1962 in Shati refugee camp, Gaza Strip. He is a self-taught filmmaker who started working at eighteen in the film industry. In 1993, he directed his first feature CURFEW which garnered the UNESCO Award at Cannes.

Producers

Rashid Masharawi
Henri Kuipers
Erik Schut
Peter van Vogelpoel

Cast

Areen Omari
Khalid Awad
George Ibrahim
Fadi el-Ghoul
Hiyam Abbass
Ahmad Abu Sal'Oum
Mariam el-Hin
Mohammad Bakri
Mahmoud Qadah
Nawal Zaqout

Additional Credits

Writer
Rashid Masharawi
Executive Producer
Areen Omari
Executive Producer
Ayoub Akhrass
Production Company
Ayloul Film Productions
Production Company
Argus Film Produktie
Associate Producer
Nora Armani
In Co-production with
WDR
In Co-production with
MedMedia
Cinematography
Edwin Verstegen
Editor
Hadara Oren
Art Director
Jamal Afghani
Original Score
Said Morad
Sound
Roberto Van Eijden
Sound
Noel Jabour