Dir: Amira Diab
2019| PG| Feature| Arabic, English, Hebrew with English | 11’
On The Door Steps
Dir: Sahera Dirbas
2019| PG | Documentary | English and Arabic with English Subtitles | 47’
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Selfie Zein explores the disruptive world of Zein, a young Palestinian woman from Bethlehem, who is determined to pray in the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem after Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Her destination is only 8.8 KM from her home town, but the obstacles are endless. The separation wall, checkpoints, and the nature of trying to live as a free woman in this world, all become barriers Zein must pass through. The disruptive journey forces Zein to use her creativity in order to transform herself, altering her one and only outfit into interestingly different looks in order to overcome each obstacle ahead. Most importantly, Zein discovers the strength within herself, and how the power of will and creativity can defeat oppression and set her free.
As a reflection of contemporary image language, the movie was shot as if Zein is using her iPhone to document her journey, from either a selfie or her point of view.
On The Door Steps
A documentary that shows how three generations of Palestinian in U.S from Bisharat family, have maintained their emotional attachment to their home in West Jerusalem, taken over by Israelis in 1948. Among them a Valerie 21-year-old, who traveled across the world to visit her grandfather’s house to find out the truth she inherited about the house and managed to meet face to face the current Gisele Arazi96-year-old Israeli occupant.
About the Directors
Born and raised in Nazareth in 1976, Amira Diab holds a
Masters in Business Administration & International Affairs
from Tuft’s University’s Fletcher School in Boston. She has
extensive banking and finance experience, working as a senior investor and Managing Director at a boutique investment firm in New York. However, during her work in finance, film always remained a constant passion in her life. In 2014, after studying film production at UCLA, she decided to dive head first into the film industry.
Her recent credits include producing The Idol (2015),
shoulder to shoulder with Academy Award nominated director, Hany Abu-Assad, to make a heartwarming and culturally influential film. She was an Associate Producer on the Fox 2000 feature, The Mountain Between Us (2017), starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. Currently, Amira is developing a TV series with Netflix called King’s Wives, which she Co-Created and Co-Wrote, as well as Co-Producing the horror movie Infidel, for Tri-Star Sony Pictures.
Selfie Zein is written and directed by Amira Diab. It’s her
first short film, inspired by the idea of how a “Disruptive
Environment” may impact one’s creativity in Art, Music and cultural heritage.
Sahera Dirbas is a Haifa-born and Jerusalem-based filmmaker and freelance producer. Until 2007 she worked for international TV stations, such as Rai and BBC, after which she began working as an independent filmmaker. Films directed by Dirbas include: Between Heaven & Earth (2015), Sumud (2015), Deir Yassin Village and Massacre (2012), Jerusalem Bride (2010), 38 Pounds in my Pocket (2009), Crystal Grapes (2009), A Handful of Earth (2008), and Stranger in My Home – Jerusalem (2007). All of these films have participated in international film festivals, and Stranger in My Home-Jerusalem was awarded in the Euro Arab Film festival in Spain and has been translated into 6 languages. In 2013, Dirbas started a documentary training project for Palestinian women directors, which resulted in the production of five independent films about Palestinian women’s oral history. Between 1989-91, she also published three books about three destroyed Palestinian villages: Tirat Haifa, Al-Birweh, and Salameh.