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Directed by | Hany Abu Assad
Genre fiction | Length: 87mins | Year of production: 2005
Two young Palestinian men Khaled and Said have been friends since childhood. They are both recruited to carry out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The two men are allowed to spend what is presumably their last night alive with their families. However, since absolute secrecy must be maintained and they can tell nobody of their mission theirs can be no proper farewell. The next morning, the men are brought to the border. The bombs have been attached to their bodies in such a way as to make them completely hidden from view. However, the operation does not go according to plan. Separated from each other and left to their own devices, it's up to them to face their destiny and stand up for their convictions.
Paradise Now is Abu Assad's (Ford Transit Rana's Wedding) first major release feature and was nominated for an Oscar in 2006.