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The Present (2020)

On his wedding anniversary, Yusef and his young daughter set out in the West Bank to buy his wife a gift. Between soldiers, segregated roads and checkpoints, how easy would it be to go shopping?


Farah Nabulsi
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Cast overview:
Saleh Bakri ... Yusef
Maryam Kanj Maryam Kanj ... Yasmine (as Mariam Kanj)
Mariam Basha Mariam Basha ... Noor


Each morning, Yusef, a doting father-of-one, has no other choice but to queue for hours and navigate the harrowing Checkpoint 300, an infamous, crowded Israeli crossing point between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, to get to work on time. But, on his wedding anniversary, Yusef has arranged to pick up a new fridge for his wife, Noor, and even though the store is in Jerusalem, he is determined to endure the dehumanising process, the armed soldiers' scrutinising gaze, and even humiliation, to go shopping with his young daughter, Yasmine. Is this just the beginning of a long, challenging day? Written by Nick Riganas

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Short | Drama


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Director Farah Nabulsi and Producer Ossama Bawardi are official nominees at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the 2021 Oscar ceremony in Los Angeles. See more »


The actors who play Israeli soldiers are Palestinian, and have a noticeably heavy Arabic Palestinian accent. See more »

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Using Power for Cruelty
28 March 2021 | by Golden_HopeSee all my reviews

My favourite thing about films like this is that you get to see other things in the world that you wouldn't normally experience, for better or for worse.

I don't really know much about the subject but after watching this I researched a little bit about it and I'm still not 100% sure what the point in these checkpoints are but I did read that workers have to stand and wait at them from 3am to go to work. That is crazy.

This film shows that struggle by forming it as a simple shopping trip that takes the whole day, from early in the morning and having them return when it's dark. It's shows the cruelty of people and that people with power will try and use that against people with none.

The Lead actor was fantastic and you could see the rage and pain in his eyes.

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Release Date:

18 March 2021 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Alhadiyyeh See more »

Filming Locations:

Bethlehem, Palestine

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Philistine Films See more »
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2.35 : 1
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