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Content warning: Discussion and depictions of war and Palestinian genocide

Accessibility: Closed captions available

Life Is Beautiful tells the story of how director Mohamed Jabaly fought for his rights as a Palestinian and a filmmaker when stranded in Norway due to circumstances beyond his control. Through his personal archive and video calls, he shares his love and longing for his hometown, friends and family as he tries to make a new life for himself in the Arctic. The film is a love letter to Gaza, to his adopted hometown in Tromsø and to the empowering force of storytelling.

  • Runtime
    93 minutes
  • Language
    Arabic, Norwegian, English
  • Country
    Norway, Palestine, Qatar
  • Premiere
    United States
  • Social Media
  • Director
    Mohamed Jabaly
  • Screenwriter
    Kristine Ann Skaret, Sarah Winge-Sørensen
  • Producer
    Kristine Ann Skaret, Sarah Winge-Sørensen
  • Executive Producer
    Mohanad Yaqubi, Esther van Messel, Anne Fabini
  • Co-Producer
    Mohamed Jabaly for Jabali Film, Anad Abdelwahab and Muhammad Refaat for Al Jazeera
  • Cast
    Mohamed Jabaly
  • Cinematographer
    Mohamed Jabaly
  • Editor
    Erland Edenhold
  • Production Design
    Gaute Barlindhaug
  • Composer
    Gaute Barlindhaug
  • Sound Design
    Anna Nilsson, Filmreaktor