A captivating, enlightening, and ultimately terrifying look at the reality of occupation in Palestine.
Director: David Osit
Cast includes: Musa Hadid
90 mins / 2020 / USA/UK
A real-life political saga following Musa Hadid, the charismatic mayor of Palestinian city Ramallah, during his second term in office. His immediate goals: repave the sidewalks, attract more tourism, and plan the city's Christmas celebrations. His ultimate mission: to end the occupation of Palestine. Rich with detailed observation and a surprising amount of humour, the film offers a portrait of dignity amidst the madness and absurdity of endless occupation while posing a question: how do you run a city when you don't have a country?
Far from trying to be a message-film, Osit's sensitive film is a captivating, enlightening, and ultimately terrifying look at how to survive day by day when the fight for liberation can seem everlasting. In its gently ironic way, the film depicts an urban centre keen to be treated, and run, as a genuine place to live, a town like any other.
Deft editing and unexpectedly affecting music choices make for an engaging portrait of the kind of impassioned and dedicated politician who seems in short supply right now.
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