By Mohamed Jabaly

Life is Beautiful

Al haya helwa

Sunday 10 March – 19h30
Followed by the discussion – Palestinian views and voices
Espace Pitoëff - Grande Salle
Rue de Carouge 52, 1205 Geneva

Friday 15 March – 21h15
Grütli - Salle Langlois
Rue du Général-Dufour 16, 1204 Geneva

In 2014, Mohamed Jabaly was invited to Norway to present his film Ambulance. During his stay, the borders of Gaza – his country of origin – were closed indefinitely. This political situation led to many consequences, and when Norway refused to accept his Palestinian passport, Mohamed became stateless. Life is Beautiful is a moving account of his journey to obtain a visa and, above all, to return home. Between laughter and tears, he takes us into his daily life in Norway, from promoting his film to discovering the country and the pain of speaking with his family, with whom he cannot be reunited. Winner of the IDFA award for Best Director in International Competition, this film is a cry for the freedom of movement and opportunity, but above all the freedom to pursue one’s dreams.

This film received the Gilda Vieira de Mello Prize – in honor of her son Sergio Vieira de Mello – at the FIFDH 2024.

Swiss Premiere
Section : Competition - Creative Documentaries
Country : Norway, Palestine, Qatar
Original languages : Norwegian, English, Arabic
Subtitles : English, French
Mohamed Jabaly
Kristine Ann Skaret
Stray Dog Productions AS
Mohamed Jabaly
Erland Edenholm
Anne Fabini
Gaute Barlindhaug
Anna Nilsson
World Sales
First Hand Films