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Ghost Hunting (2017)

Director Raed Andoni places a newspaper advertisement in Ramallah. He is looking for former inmates of the Moskobiya interrogation centre in Jerusalem. In his ad he asks that the men should... See full summary »

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Cast overview:
Ramzi Maqdisi ... Mohammed Khaleb / Himself
Mohammed Khattab Mohammed Khattab ... Abu Atta / Himself
Wafa Mari Wafa Mari ... The interior designer / Himself
Atef Al-Akhras Atef Al-Akhras ... The set dresser / Himself
Bashar Hassuneh Bashar Hassuneh ... The props master / Himself
Wadee Hanani Wadee Hanani ... The assistant director / Himself
Raed Andoni Raed Andoni ... The authoritarian director / Himself
Adnan Al-Hatab Adnan Al-Hatab ... The 'father' and set builder / Himself
Abdallah Moubarak Abdallah Moubarak ... The blacksmith / Investigator #1 / Himself
Anbar Ghannan Anbar Ghannan ... The groom / Investigator #2 / Himself
Raed Khattab Raed Khattab ... The cheerful prisoner / Investigator #3 / Himself
Mohammed Nimer Mohammed Nimer ... Set Builder / Policeman #1 / Himself
Mahmoud Abu Srour Mahmoud Abu Srour ... Set Builder / Policeman #2 / Himself
Monther Jawabreh Monther Jawabreh ... The visual artist / Himself
Firas Nasr-Allah Firas Nasr-Allah ... Set Builder / Himself
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Director Raed Andoni places a newspaper advertisement in Ramallah. He is looking for former inmates of the Moskobiya interrogation centre in Jerusalem. In his ad he asks that the men should also have experience as craftsmen, architects or actors. After a casting process that almost feels like role play, he arranges for a replica of the centre's interrogation rooms and cells to be built to scale inside a hall - under close supervision from the former inmates and based on their memories. In this realistic setting the men subsequently re-enact their interrogations, discuss details about the prison, and express the humiliation they experienced during their detention. Using techniques that are reminiscent of the so-called 'theatre of the oppressed' they work together to dramatise their real-life experiences. Their reconstruction brings long repressed emotions and undealt with trauma to the fore. Working on the film takes its toll on the men - both physically and mentally. The director also...

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22 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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15 January 2018 | by sea-of-tears-93See all my reviews

The film mixes documentary with fiction in a very subtle way, and uses the prisoners to build a prison to re-enact their prison days, with the backdrop of their daily norms. Like the marriage of Anbar Ghannan. All that said. the film is a kind of therapy for these guys and a way to let their anger out, which manifest itself clearly during the period of the film to a point makes you feel; that they're going to tear the prison down at the end, so all of the agony they felt during the prison days be over. And can now start a new life, a normal life even. It's a very emotional and smart film that basically, forces you to feel for the characters even if you don't know anything about Palestine and the Palestinian people, and the political situation. All in all the film is excellent, and highly recommended. Hope you enjoy it.


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