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Mustafa and his wife Salwa come from two Palestinian villages that are only 200 meters apart, but separated by the wall. Their unusual living situation is starting to affect their otherwise happy marriage, but the couple does what they can to make it work. Every night, Mustafa flashes a light from his balcony to wish his children on the other side a goodnight, and they signal him back. One day Mustafa gets a call that every parent dreads: his son has been in an accident. He rushes to the checkpoint where he must agonisingly wait in line only to find out there is a problem with his fingerprints and is denied entry. Desperate, Mustafa resorts to hiring a smuggler to bring him across. His once 200-meter journey becomes a 200-kilometer odyssey joined by other travellers determined to cross.

About the Filmmaker: Ameen Nayfeh (born in Palestine, 1988) spent his formative years moving between Jordan and Palestine. Despite an early interest in filmmaking, in 2010 he earned his B.Sc. in Nursing from Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem. Two years later, he earned an MFA in film producing from the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Jordan. Ameen Nayfeh's previous films include The Crossing (2017, Short), Suspended Time / Zaman Muaalaq (2014, documentary segment), The Eid Gift (2012, Documentary), The Uppercut (2012, Documentary). 200 Meters is his first feature film.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    96 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic, Hebrew, English
  • Country
    Palestine, State of, Jordan, Qatar, Italy, Sweden
  • Subtitle Language
  • Director
    Ameen Nayfeh
  • Screenwriter
    Ameen Nayfeh
  • Producer
    May Odeh
  • Co-Producer
    Francesco Melzi d'Eril, Julia Gebauer
  • Cast
    Ali Soliman, Anna Unterberger, Lana Zreik
  • Cinematographer
    Elin Kirschfink
  • Production Design
    Bashar Hassuneh
  • Composer
    Faraj Suleiman