Director: Nurit Jacobs-Yinon / Israel 2015

Category: Arts & Culture

Production: Nurit Jacobs-Yinon (Aluma-Films), for the Second Authority for Television and Radio, Israel;
Commissioning Editor: Yosi Mulla; The New Fund for Cinema and Television, Israel

Language: Hebrew, Arabic.

Subtitles: English

Length: 52 minutes.

The story of Safaa Dabour, an observant Muslim woman from Nazareth, struggling to take charge of her own fate and freedom and to establish the first and only Arab cinematheque in Israel. She succeeds in taking charge of her own fate and freedom and established and run the cinematheque. A single woman in a man’s world, she travels to bring Arab box-office hits from Arab states, and seeks against all odds, to create an island of culture for the society to which she belongs. This is a cinematic profile of a courageous woman whose path to freedom is interwoven with the battle for her own cinematheque.

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Festivals & Awards:

  • Winner: Best Film Award: Israeli Films competition: Epos International Art Film Festival, Tel Aviv, Israel 2016
  • Documentary Competition: Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, South Korea 2018
  • Focus Greenhouse: Middle East Now Film Festival, Firenze, Italy 2017
  • Olhares do Mediterrâneo Mediterranean Women Film Festival, Lisbon, Portugal 2017
  • Other Israel Film Festival, New York, U.S.A. 2016
  • Mostra de Cinema Documental d'Israel (Israeli Docs), Barcelona, Spain 2016
  • Haifa International Film Festival, Israel 2015

EPOS International Art Film Festival 2016 / Best Film Award
Jury Statement: « The film sketches a portrait of an extraordinary character – a courageous and independent Muslim woman, faithful to her dreams. With empathy and sensitivity, the director delicately accompanies the life of Safaa Dabour, a cultural heroine determined to bring her great love for the cinema to the society in which she lives. The film gradually crystallizes into an intense drama that touches not only on the life of one woman but on the lives of us all »

Movie Reviews:
« A portrait of a charming, yet somewhat stubborn and immensely courageous, woman who sets her sights on fulfilling her vision for the Arab community of Nazareth.» / Amy Kronish / IsraelFilm.blogspot

« Safaa Dabour... is now the subject of a touching documentary '' / Arab Woman’s Vision Gets the Cinematic Stage It Deserves.» / Nirit Anderman / Haaretz English Edition-International Herald Tribune