the 10 best Palestinian movies

by najwa-sky-limit | created - 27 Apr 2013 | updated - 27 Apr 2013 | Public
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1. Private (2004)

90 min | Drama, War

61 Metascore

A Palestinian family is trapped inside a house commandeered by Israeli soldiers.

Director: Saverio Costanzo | Stars: Mohammad Bakri, Lior Miller, Hend Ayoub, Tomer Russo

Votes: 767 | Gross: $0.01M

a family disagreeing in opinion about war get trapped in their house with a group of Israeli soldiers, every member of the family will act upon his believes but whose opinion is correct

2. Paradise Now (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

71 Metascore

Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Kais Nashif, Ali Suliman, Lubna Azabal, Hamza Abu-Aiaash

Votes: 21,486 | Gross: $1.45M

2 friend with one goal but different reasons, it answers the question why some people commit suicide attacks

3. Jenin, Jenin (2003)

54 min | Documentary

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Director: Mohammad Bakri

Votes: 313

a documentary about the Israeli attack on the Palestinian city of jenin, it shows the destruction and death after the end of the battle

4. The Time That Remains (2009)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama, History

74 Metascore

An examination of the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 through to the present day.

Director: Elia Suleiman | Stars: Menashe Noy, Elia Suleiman, Baher Agbariya, Saleh Bakri

Votes: 2,042 | Gross: $0.02M

elia suleiman is the director and this is an enough reason to watch

5. Laila's Birthday (2008)

Unrated | 71 min | Drama

Abu Laila used to be a judge, but because the government doesn't have the means to renew his assignment he is forced to be a taxi driver. On the day his daughter Laila becomes seven years ... See full summary »

Director: Rashid Masharawi | Stars: Mohammad Bakri, Areen Omari, Nour Zoubi, Housam Abu Aishe

Votes: 367 | Gross: $0.01M

rashid mashharawi's best film about a man going out to buy a birthday cake to his daughter and hell breaks loose

6. Amreeka (2009)

PG-13 | 96 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A drama centered on the trials and tribulations of a proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son in small town Indiana.

Director: Cherien Dabis | Stars: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat

Votes: 3,326 | Gross: $0.62M

a woman wins 2 plane tickets to america so she decides to escape the horrors of the Israeli occupation in hope of finding a better life for her son and deals with consequences

7. Lemon Tree (2008)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

74 Metascore

The story of a Palestinian widow who must defend her lemontree field when a new Israeli Defense Minister moves next to her and threatens to have her lemon grove torn down.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Rona Lipaz-Michael, Ali Suliman, Doron Tavory

Votes: 6,009 | Gross: $0.57M

another mesmerizing performance by hiam abbas

8. Zaytoun (2012)

Not Rated | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

39 Metascore

Beirut, 1982: a young Palestinian refugee helps an Israeli fighter pilot escape from PLO captivity because he wants to visit his ancestral family home. En route through war-torn Lebanon their relationship develops into a close bond.

Director: Eran Riklis | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Abdallah El Akal, Alice Taglioni, Loai Nofi

Votes: 1,486 | Gross: $0.04M

the engaging story of a struggling Israeli soldier and a palestinian boy with a cray dream

9. Salt of This Sea (2008)

Unrated | 109 min | Drama, Romance

43 Metascore

A romantic drama about a working-class woman and her experiences traveling back home.

Director: Annemarie Jacir | Stars: Suheir Hammad, Saleh Bakri, Riyad Ideis, Dana Drigov

Votes: 978 | Gross: $0.01M

a movie that will make you full in love with the sea all over again

10. Rana's Wedding (2002)

Unrated | 90 min | Drama, Comedy

71 Metascore

About a Palestinian girl of 17 who wants to get married to the man of her own choosing. Rana wakes up one morning to an ultimatum delivered by her father: she must either choose a husband ... See full summary »

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Clara Khoury, Khalifa Natour, Ismael Dabbag, Walid Abed Elsalam

Votes: 456

a brilliant mix of social criticism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict



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