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Villa Touma (2014)

  • The Cultural Valley 'Katara' Drama Theatre, Bldg 16 Doha Qatar (map)

Narrative / Palestine / 85 min / English subtitles

Screenwriter, Director: Suha Arraf
Producer: Suha Arraf
Cast: Nisreen Faour, Ula Tabari, Cherien Dabis, Maria Zreik
Production: Bailasan Productions
Distribution: MAD Solutions

Three Christian Palestinian sisters who’ve lost their land and status due to the 1967 war with Israel aren’t able to face the painful new reality that’s been imposed on them, so they lock themselves away in their big house and continue to live in a time warp. Within the villa’s crumbling walls, the sisters live in their own personal bubbles, each with her own secrets, dreams and failed love story, hidden behind a mask of manners and propriety. When their young niece, Badia, walks into their lives, she challenges their stifling routine and turns their world upside down, obliterating the deadly silence they lived in.

Suha Arraf was born in the Palestinian village of Melyia, near Lebanon. She began her filmmaking career as documentary producer. Her latest one; WOMEN OF HAMAS [2010] received 13 awards at international film festivals. Suha’s first two screenplays, THE SYRIAN BRIDE [2004] and THE LEMON TREE [2008] received international acclaim, with the latter winning Best Screenplay at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, and a Best Screenplay nomination at the European Film Academy Awards.

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