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Directed by | Omar Shargawi

Genre documentary  |  Length: 52mins  |  Year of production: 2009

My Father From Haifa tells the very personal story of DanishPalestinian director, Omar Al Shargawi�s search for understanding and reconciliation with his father Munir, who fled Palestine as a child in 1948. The film covers Omar�s bid to persuade his father to embark on an emotionally fraught journey back to Haifa with the aim of finding his childhood home.

As much a personal as a political exposition, the doc opens an intimate window on a father and son vying bitterly for control over memories of their family history, yet ultimately growing closer mentally and emotionally as they confront that past together. Their voyage, to Damascus and then Haifa, is one of heart and of body � and Shargawi�s intelligent composition offers us a stylish as well as a privileged view of this moving journey.