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Directed by | Michel Khleifi

Genre fiction  |  Length: 85mins  |  Year of production: 2009

Zindeeq is the latest work by pioneering Palestinian filmmaker, Michel Khleifi (Wedding in Galilee, Tale of the Three Jewels). It tells the story of M, a Palestinian filmmaker living in Europe. M is working in Palestine on a documentary based on witness accounts of the 1948 expulsions. Abruptly, M receives a call from his sister in Nazareth telling him that his nephew has killed a man during a scuffle and the whole family is now in danger, including him, due to vendetta codes sanctioning revenge killings. M is told to stay far from Nazareth. But he refuses, returning home at three in the morning. Khleifi�s lyrical film then takes us on a journey through the hours M spends awaiting dawn, a wait that drives him into the depths of his mythical town, Nazareth, and which forces him to confront a tension whereby nostalgia for the past conflicts with a desire to live freed of that past� Zindeeq�s layered narrative structures combine with a striking visual register to make Khleifi�s longawaited return to fiction an unforgettable and rewarding experience.