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CLOSING: Ghost Hunting

  • The Cultural Valley 'Katara' Katara Art Centre (KAC), Bldg 5 Doha Qatar (map)

Documentary / Palestine, France, Switzerland, Qatar / 94 min / English subtitles

Writer, Director: Raed Andoni
Producer: Palmyr Badinier
Cast: Ramzi Maqdisi, Mohammad Khattab, Raed Andoni
Production: Les Films de Zayna
Distribution: MC Distribution

As a result of being jailed in the Shin Bet’s Al-Moskobiya investigation centre at the age of 18, director Raed Andoni has fragments of memories he cannot determine as real or imagined. In order to confront the ghosts that haunt him, Andoni decides to try to rebuild that mysterious place. Responding to a job announcement seeking ex-inmates of Al-Moskobiya who have experience in construction, architecture, painting, carpentry and acting, a large group gathers in an empty yard near Ramallah. Together, they start a journey in which they rediscover the shape of their old prison, try to face the consequences of being under absolute control, and attempt to re-enact a story that took place inside the centre’s walls.

Raed Andoni is a Palestinian filmmaker and producer based in Paris and has been in independent cinema industry since 1997. Raed co-founded Dar Films, a production company based in Ramallah, producing and securing a wide international distribution for a number of award-winning documentaries. In 2008, he co-founded Les Films de Zayna, a Paris-based production company. His first feature documentary as a director, Improvisation (2006) has screened in various international festivals and received the 2006 Art and Culture Award at the International Mediterranean Documentary Competition run by CMCA. Fix Me (2010), has premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won several awards in international and Arab film festivals. It was commercially released commercially in France in November 2010. Ghost Hunting (2017) has premiered at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival, winning the Best Documentary Award and an audience award.

Earlier Event: October 15