Drama | Running Time: 104 minutes
2022 / Arabic dialogue
Country: France, Tunisia, Palestine, Qatar and Saudi ArabiaDirected by: Firas Khoury
A Palestinian scriptwriter and director, holding a Bachelor of Arts in cinema. Khoury has several short films to his credit; including the award-winning “Seven Days in Deir Bulus” (2007); “Yellow Mums” (2010); and “Maradona’s Legs” (2019). These films were screened at festivals around the world, as well as on television.
ProducerMarie-Pierre Macia, Claire Gadéa, Naomie Lagadec
CastMahmood Bakri, Sereen Khass, Saleh Bakri, Mohamad Karaki , Ahmad Zaghmouri, Muhammad Abed El Rahman
High-school rebel Tamer and his gang are mostly committed to smoking weed, messing around in class and girls but, under the boys’ teenage hedonism, there is the constant uneasiness felt by Palestinians living in the occupied Palestinian Territories. When beautiful activist Maysaa’ (Sereen Khass) joins his class, Tamer (Mahmoud Bakri) adopts an interest in politics. On Israel’s national day – commemorated by Palestinians as the Nakba, or catastrophe – Maysaa’ and her fellow campaigners plan to replace the Israeli flag flying over the school with the Palestinian flag, a symbolic act of resistance reminding everyone of the history they are expected to forget. As Nakba day approaches, Tamer has to decide whether to join the struggle for real. In his first feature, Firas Khoury adroitly combines familiar elements of other coming-of-age movies with a more serious and subtle analysis of nationalism, propaganda, the symbolism of flags and, most importantly, what freedom really means. This film is supported by the Red Sea Fund.