200 Meters (first feature)

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200 Meters

original title:

200 METERS

directed by:

cast:

Ali Suliman, Lana Zreik, Anna Unterberger, Motaz Malhees, Gassan Abbas

screenplay:

cinematography:

Elin Kirschfink

editing:

Kamal El Mallakh

set design:

Bashar Hassuneh

costume design:

Fairouze Nastas

music:

Faraj Suleiman

production:

Odeh Films, MeMo Films, Adler Entertainment, Metaphora, Film Skåne, Way Feature Films

country:

Palesine/Jordan/Qatar/Italy/Sweden

year:

2020

film run:

90'

format:

colour

status:

Ready (06/08/2020)

festivals & awards:

Mustafa and his wife Salwa come from two Palestinian villages that are only 200 meters apart, but separated by the wall. Their unusual living situation is starting to affect their otherwise happy marriage, but the couple does what they can to make it work. Every night, Mustafa flashes a light from his balcony to wish his children on the other side a goodnight, and they signal him back. One day Mustafa gets a call that every parent dreads: his son has been in an accident. He rushes to the checkpoint where he must agonisingly wait in line only to find out there is a problem with his fingerprints and is denied entry. Desperate, Mustafa resorts to hiring a smuggler to bring him across. His once 200-meter journey becomes a 200-kilometer odyssey joined by other travellers determined to cross.

DIRECTOR’S NOTES
I carry lots of memories that I no longer have access to, or it could be that I fear to dwell on them. Oppression does alienate you as it denies your basic rights; especially when you start adapting to it! A forced separation aches a lot. 200 Meters is my story and the story of thousands of Palestinians, and stories can definitely alter lives. I believe in the power of the cinema and how it touches our lives in magical ways. I need to tell this story. Images of the wall, checkpoints and soldiers are probably what come to mind when Palestine is mentioned. Although these images are also in this film, the focus will be on what such a separation does to us as human beings. And to shed more light on the invisible barriers and walls that are created as a result of the physical barrier. Here in Palestine, we got used to adapting to new situations, doing as we are told and camouflaging our feelings. But this should no longer be acceptable. Freedom of movement is a very basic human right that seems to be a fairytale in such a brutal reality. The main character Mustafa has obeyed the rules, endured the humiliation and done as he was told in order to secure a small chance to be with his family, but when the same rules that alienated his life put his family and fatherhood at stake, will he obey them any longe