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The present

El regalo
Farah Nabulsi
Thursday 9, 18:00 pm
Cine Amor
• 78 min.


A father and daughter attempt to buy a wedding anniversary gift in the Palestinian enclaves of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The film opens with Yusef waiting to cross the crowded checkpoint 300 near Bethlehem early in the morning. Then, at Yusef’s home, he and his wife Noor talk about their wedding anniversary. Yusef says he will go on a shopping trip to Beitunia to buy a gift with his daughter Yasmine. Their progress in both directions is restricted by a series of checkpoints. The scenes portray how Palestinians are deprived of the basic right to freedom of movement.

Festivals and awards

Academy Awards, nominated for Best Live Action Short Film Bafta Awards, Best Short Film

Farah Nabulsi

Oscar-nominated and BAFTA award-winning British Palestinian film director and human rights advocate.

She is the daughter of Palestinians who were lucky enough to find a home in 1970s Britain, unlike the millions who remain stateless in refugee camps.

Born, raised and educated in London, Farah began her career as an institutional stockbroker. She ended up with a CFA designation at JP Morgan Chase before moving on to create a child-focused business that she ran for 10 years.

In 2015, he started working in the film industry.

She founded a production company through which she writes, produces and directs fiction films, exploring issues that matter to her and created a digital resource to deconstruct the Israeli military occupation of Palestine in a way never done before.

Production: Ossama Bawardi
Script: Farah Nabulsi, Hind Shoufani
Direction: Farah Nabulsi
Cinematography: Benoît Chamaillard
Music: Adam Benobaid
Cast: Saleh Bakri, Mariam Kanj, Mariam Basha