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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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Divine Intervention

Synopsis: In Nazareth, under a guise of banal normalcy, the town embraces folly. Under pressure from his failing business, a man takes matters into his own hands and tries to break a chain reaction of petty feuds. He breaks down himself. A love story takes place between a Palestinian man living in Jerusalem and a Palestinian woman from Ramallah. The man shifts between his ailing father and his love life, trying to keep both alive. Barred from crossing, the lovers' intimate encounters take place on a deserted lot right beside the checkpoint. A complicity of solemn desire begins to generate violent repercussions and against the odds, their angry hearts counter-attack with spasms of spectacular fantasy.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    92 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic, Hebrew
  • Country
    Palestine, State of
  • Rating
  • Director
    Elia Suleiman
  • Screenwriter
    Elia Suleiman
  • Producer
    Humbert Balsan
  • Cast
    Elia Suleiman, Manal Khader, Nayef Fahoum Daher
  • Cinematographer
    Marc-André Batigne
  • Editor
    Véronique Lange
  • Sound Design
    Laurent Laffran
  • Music
    Mirwais, Natacha Atlas.