Preceded by the film Life is Beautiful

Palestinian views and voices


Sunday 10 March – 19h30
Espace Pitoëff - Grande Salle
Rue de Carouge 52, 1205 Geneva

How do you portray your country, which has been under occupation for decades, and Gaza, devastated by war, when the bombs are still falling? Meet the Palestinian filmmakers who bring to the screen the stories of a people in struggle.

Palestinian film-makers have been confronted with this reality for decades. Some have stayed, others have left the country, but all of them contribute through their films to bringing to light the history and stories of a people resisting despite the occupation and daily hardships. In the current dramatic context, what is the role of cinema and the stories it continues to tell? Meet the men and women who are bringing these stories to the screen and broadcasting them around the world, at a time when the fate of their country is more uncertain than ever.


Mohamed Jabaly
Director of "Life is beautiful"
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Farah Nabulsi
Director of "The Teacher"
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Motaz Azaiza
Palestinian photojournalist
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Cecilia Mendoza
Journalist RTS

French, english, arabe

By Mohamed Jabaly

Life is Beautiful

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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