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The Arab American National Museum, Arab Film and Media Institute, and ArteEast, in partnership with Doha Film Institute, are pleased to celebrate and showcase the work of famed Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman. Throughout his career, Elia directed four feature films -Chronicle Of A Disappearance (1996), Divine Intervention (2002), The Time That Remains (2008), It Must Be Heaven (2019) - all of which we are pleased to have available for our audiences! The films are Video-On-Demand style, so guests can view these films at their leisure and on their own time.

To make this experience complete, we are pleased to host a live, virtual talkback with Elia Suleiman on May 23rd at 3 pm EST, moderated by AFMI's Yasmina Tawil.

Films made available for individual viewing from 12 a.m. EDT Friday, May 21, 2021, to 11:59 p.m. EDT Sunday, May 30, 2021.

Please note: These films are accessible to viewers located in the United States of America, Canada and Palestine.

Filmmaker's Bio:

Born in Nazareth in 1960, Palestinian filmmaker and Doha Film Institute’s Artistic Advisor, Elia Suleiman directed his first two short films while living in New York between 1981-1993. In 1994, Suleiman returned to Jerusalem to create a Film and Media Department at Birzeit University. His feature debut, ‘Chronicle of a Disappearance’, won the Best First Film award at the 1996 Venice Film Festival. In 2002, ‘Divine Intervention won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best Foreign Film prize at the European Awards in Rome. His feature, ‘The Time That Remains’, screened in competition at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. 

His latest feature “It Must Be Heaven” screened in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and was the winner of the Jury Special Mention and FIPRESCI Critics’ Award.

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Chronicle of a Disappearance

Synopsis: In an investigation of the twilight zone between narrative, history and autobiography, Chronicle Of A Disappearance transgresses the boundaries of many genres. After living in New York for many years, filmmaker Elia Suleiman returned to Palestine for this film. He used his privileged position as half insider and half outsider to analyze how much the Palestinian population is losing its national identity. Through his quasi-aimless roamings we become acquainted with his extended circle of family and friends. The characters lead a marginal existence in an occasionally surreal reality. The director/protagonist moves between the role of character and spectator, mediator and narrator, as the film itself moves between documentary, fiction, reminiscence and present. The film is lucidly structured, funny and ironic.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    84 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic, Hebrew, French, Russian
  • Country
    Palestine, State of
  • Rating
  • Director
    Elia Suleiman
  • Screenwriter
    Elia Suleiman
  • Cast
    Elia Suleiman, Ula Tabari, Nazira Suleiman, Fuad Suleiman, Jamal Daher
  • Cinematographer
    Marc Andrie Batigne
  • Editor
    Anna Ruiz
  • Sound Design
    Jean-Paul Mugel