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WAITING


Directed by | Rashid Mashrawi

Genre fiction  |  Length: 90mins  |  Year of production: 2005


Before leaving Palestine to settle abroad, director Ahmad accepts one last job. He must audition actors for the new National Palestinian Theatre. On the road with interviewer Bissan and her cameraman, “Lumičre”, Ahmad goes in search of talent in the numerous refugee camps of Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. Ahmad guides the auditioning actors into dramatizing what best embodies their destiny: waiting. Mashrawi's film is at times comic, at times tragic in the camps the crew encounters idiosyncratic performers and characters but also a unifying theme of suspension, homelessness and yearning.

Winner – Grand Prix (Licorne d'Or) – 25th Amiens International Film Festival, 2005
Best Film – MedFilm Festival, Italy, 2005