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Ameen Nayfeh, Ali Suliman – 200 Meters #Giornate2020

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The Palestinian film everyone loved at Venice 77, in the words of the director and lead actor.

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PODCAST | Angelo Acerbi interviews Ameen Nayfeh and Ali Suliman, director and actor of the film 200 Meters.

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Ameen Nayfeh in his film 200 meters the life of a family divided by the wall between Israel and Palestine, with 200 meters between them. It is a real life situation very common and strange for us; Ali Suliman tells us more about managing this partially separated life and the reality described in the film.

200 Meters: 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.

  • Reporter
    Angelo Acerbi
  • Guest
    Ameen Nayfeh / Ali Suliman
  • Interviewee role
    Director / Actor
  • Film title
    200 Meters
  • Festival section
    Giornate degli Autori
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