Arab Film Fest Collab 2020

Between Heaven and Earth ‎‎‎(بين الجنة والأرض)

Expired December 14, 2020 7:59 AM
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Inspired by several historical events, Najwa Najjar’s third film is a modern-day road-trip drama. Nazareth-born Salma and Tamer, the son of a revolutionary killed in Beirut, have decided to divorce after five years of marriage in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. For the first time, Tamer is given a three-day permit to cross the Israeli checkpoint to file for divorce in the courts of Nazareth. However, things do not go as planned when the court’s clerk refuses to process the divorce after he confronts them with a secret about Tamer's father's past––an affair with an Iraqi Jewish woman in the 1950s. With only 72 hours to find this woman and finalize the divorce documents before Tamer's permit expires, the couple sets out on a journey that takes them between the present and the past. This film contains sensitive content.

About the Filmmaker

Writer/Director Najwa Najjar received her BA in Political Science and Economics and an MA in Cinema (US). She has written and directed over 10 award-winning documentaries and narrative features, including her critically acclaimed debut Pomegranates and Myrrh (2009). Her film Eyes of a Thief (2014) won awards for Best Director and Best Actor, among many others, and was the Palestinian entry in the 2015 Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film and the Golden Globe Awards. She recently completed her third feature film, Between Heaven and Earth.

A speaker on numerous panels on cinema and a jury member at several international film festivals, she has taught Masterclasses on directing and screenwriting at Galway Film Festival and at LuxFest. Najjar has written book reviews and published numerous articles on Palestinian cinema. She has also been a reader for the Rawi Sundance Lab for Arab scriptwriters and was an advisor for the Rawi Sundance Scriptwriter’s Lab. She currently lives in Palestine.

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  • Runtime
    93 minutes
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  • Director
    Najwa Najjar
  • Screenwriter
    Najwa Najjar
  • Producer
    Hani E. Kort, Fahad Jabali
  • Cast
    Mouna Hawa, Feras Nassar, Adeeb Safadi, Faris Husari, Omar Jabali, Izz Jabari, Elham Khleifi
  • Cinematographer
    Tómas Örn Tómasson
  • Music
    Tamer Karawan