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Directed by | Rashid Masharawi

Genre fiction  |  Length: 71mins  |  Year of production: 2008

Abu Laila (played by Mohamed Bakri) used to be a judge. Now the government doesn�t have the means to pay him he is compelled to work as a taxi driver. On the day his daughter Laila turns ten years old his wife insists he be home early to bring her a present and a cake. Abu Laila has nothing else on his mind other than completing this vital mission. But daily life in Palestine has other plans for him�.

Gaza born Mashrawi (Waiting, 2005 Tension, 1998 Haifa, 1996) has been at the forefront of Palestinian cinema for over a decade, working across genres and with the finest acting and production talent in the region. Laila�s Birthday is his most accomplished and engaging work yet, featuring a virtuoso turn from Bakri, a very clever script, and some moments of inspired natural comedy. But while always entertaining, in its original style, Laila�s Birthday manages to expose and confront many of the most serious issues facing Palestinians today. Laila�s Birthday had its UK premier at the 2008 London Film Festival.

This screening will be followed by a Q&A session with both director Rashid Masharawi and lead actor Mohammed Bakri.