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Directed by | Ali Nassar

Genre fiction  |  Length: 105mins  |  Year of production: 1997

Ali Nasser's ‘period piece' is set in the Galilee in 1964, where Israel's Palestinian subjects, still living under the military regime that prevailed until 1966, are obliged to negotiate a range of social and political obstacles as they go about their lives. Following the experiences of Mabruq, the innocent and good hearted young man upon whom the role of the village fool is imposed, the film cuts to the heart of controversial issues of collaboration, traditional authority and forbidden passions. It offers emotional and personal testimony to a time and place in recent Palestinian history often ignored in writing as well as film.