Screening date: 25-11-2007 -- 13h30
Yasmine’s Song

A tale of two lovers trying to cross divides to be together … they thought nothing could stop them. Ziyad, a Palestinian man, who sells flowers in the nearby village.  He's in love with Yasmine, a village girl.  At night they meet in secret away from the disapproving villagers' eyes… and while Yasmine's parents are busy arranging her future, an unexpected event appears in everyone's lives.

Yasmine's Song is in some ways a prediction of how a worsening political climate – marked by the building and completion of the Israeli wall and the consequent lack of hope – directly affects Palestinian daily life, pushing the society to further isolate itself and  individuals to regress into conservative traditionalism and religion in search for hope.

Country: Palestine
Production: Najwa Najjar
Year: 2006
Director: Najwa Najjar
Editing: Sotira Kyriacou, Diarmid Scrimshaw
Cinematography: Koutaiba Al Janabi
Music: Souad Massi
Sound: Gerard Abeille
Cast : Hesham Suleiman, Hanan Hillo, Samia Kuzmoz, Walid Abdul Salam, Ruba Blal, Hussein Nakleh and guest star Mohamad Bakri
16mm –  color  –  20min

Filmographie: Najwa Najjar
Naim & Wadee'a (1999)
Jawhar Al Silwan (Quintessence of Oblivion) (2001)
A Boy Called Mohamed (Un garcon nommé Mohamed, 2002)
Blue Gold (Or bleu, 2004)
They Came from the East (Ils venaient de l'Est, 2004)
Yasmine's Song (Le chant de Yasmine, 2005

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Najwa Najjar is a documentary filmmaker who has screened her films at festivals worldwide and has won international awards. They Came from the East was shown at the European Academy Awards in Barcelona 2004. Yasmine's Song is her first short fiction film, which was shown in the official competition at the Berlin Festival and won a special mention at Locarno.  Her body of work also includes more linear documentaries notably Blue Gold (2004) on the water situation in the Palestinian areas, and television commercials as well as a 2- hour documentary on Islamic art and civilization made for PBS/ USA.  Najjar has an MA in Film and Video Production/Washington DC and BA in Political Science/Economics/CA, USA.  She lives in Ramallah/Jerusalem.

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