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Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and Ramallah arrange clandestine meetings.

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Cast

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Manal Khader ...
Woman
George Ibrahim ...
Amer Daher ...
Auni
Jamel Daher ...
Jamal
Lufuf Nuweiser ...
Neighbor with American van
Read Masarweh ...
Abu Basil
Bassem Loulou ...
Abu Amer
Salvia Nakkara ...
Adia
Naaman Jarjoura ...
Uncle
Rama Nashashibi ...
Um Elias
Saiman Natour ...
Friend
Fairos Hakim ...
Bus stop shopkeeper
Khalil Jarjoura ...
Number 6 man
Hamada Shamout ...
Basil
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Santa Claus tries to outrun a gang of knife-wielding youth. It's one of several vignettes of Palestinian life in Israel - in a neighborhood in Nazareth and at Al-Ram checkpoint in East Jerusalem. Most of the stories are droll, some absurd, one is mythic and fanciful; few words are spoken. A man who goes through his mail methodically each morning has a heart attack. His son visits him in hospital. The son regularly meets a woman at Al-Ram; they sit in a car, hands caressing. Once, she defies Israeli guards at the checkpoint; later, Ninja-like, she takes on soldiers at a target range. A red balloon floats free overhead. Neighbors toss garbage over walls. Life goes on until it doesn't. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$14,699 (USA) (24 January 2003)

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$390,847 (USA) (18 July 2003)
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The music used in the opening credit sequence is from an Arabic song by Mohammed Abdulwahab from the 1950s called "Me, suffering, and your love" which are what the majority of the film is about. See more »

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At the border, when several cars are told to turn around, the camera is reflected in the side of the cars for several seconds. See more »

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Absurd, hilarious and strongly significant
20 February 2003 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Amazing..

A film that has a crucial twist to what is happening in Israel today.

Two tribes at each others throat. However this isn't your usual mainstream war type, social issues, machine gun shoot type film. This is a film of quality..

Scenes are cut, a lot is left for the audience to tie up and conclude.. Directing at its best.

Powerful visions and photography.

You'll laugh.. but as the scene stays fix on the sketch.. you start thinking of the REAL message the director is giving you and believe you stop laughing.

I will definitely watch it again..

the balloon, the football, the Palestinian lady walking past and creating havoc to the Israeli border, the scene with the hands... all sketches that are unforgettable! Very symbolic...




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