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A program dedicated to filmmakers who are pushing the boundaries of storytelling. Odd, thought-provoking, beautiful and sometimes funny, these unique films are sure to invoke feeling and inspire creativity.

This program includes the following films:

The Sailor (United States) dir. Lily Ekimian & Ahmed T. Ragheb

Musing in the Desert (Kuwait) dir. Maysaa Almumin

Moonscape (Palestine) dir. Mona Rouhana Benyamin

Clench My Fists (United States) dir. Sarah Trad

Jasminum (Lebanon) dir. Lara Rassoul

Egg Rebelled (Saudi Arabia) dir. Sultran Rabea

Moonscape is a short film which takes the form of a music video for a ballad/middle of the road song, performed as a duet between a male and female singer, in Arabic. The song traces the story of a man called Dennis M. Hope, who claimed ownership of the Moon in 1980 and thus founded the Lunar Embassy – a company that sells land on a variety of planets and Moons, and makes a connection between his story and that of the director's – a young Palestinian woman living under the Israeli occupation, longing to end the misery of her people in any way possible.


The visuals of the film are a hybrid of surrealist scenes from the Arab music industry, reenacted by the artist’s parents who also play the roles of the singers in the film, and film noir; in addition to found footage from the NASA archives, references from canonic films which influenced the art world and show representations of the Moon, and screenshots of Email correspondences with staff members of the Lunar Embassy. All set together in order to explore the relationship between hope, nostalgia and despair.


*A moonscape is an area or vista of the lunar landscape (generally of the Earth's moon), or a visual representation of this, such as in a painting. The term "moonscape" is also sometimes used metaphorically for an area devastated or flattened by war, often by shelling.

About the filmmaker:

Mona Benyamin (b.1997, Haifa) is a Palestinian visual artist and filmmaker, she obtained her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, in 2020. In her works, she explores intergenerational outlooks on hope, trauma and questions of identity, using humor and irony as political tools of resistance and reflection. Her practice consists of time based media, in addition to painting and drawing, and she usually works with her immediate surroundings, collaborating with her family as the main protagonists of her works, and her family home as her only setting.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    17 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Palestine, State of
  • Director
    Mona Rouhana Benyamin
  • Screenwriter
    Mona Rouhana Benyamin
  • Cast
    Nahia Rouhana Benyamin, Michel Benyamin
  • Editor
    Juna Suleiman, Mona Rouhana Benyamin
  • Composer
    Deema Azar, Ghassan Diab, Loay Srouji
  • Music
    Mona Rouhana Benyamin