“THE BEST NEW FILM ABOUT THE ISRAEL-PALESTINIAN CONFLICT… offers a striking new perspective on that struggle. An operatic verite drama that often dips into bureaucratic black comedy and unnerving suspense.” - CRITICS PICK. Eric Kohn, Indiewire
Wednesday May 5
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (Seattle time)
MAYOR Film Director David Osit
Karen Ross, Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution, University of Massachusetts
THIS IS HOME: A REFUGEE STORY Producer Lindsey Megrue
Lesley Bartlett, Professor University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vidur Chopra, Postdoctoral Fellow Columbia University Teachers College
Manar Marouf, Family Education Coordinator, International Rescue Committee
• Winner Grand Jury Prize - Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
How do you run a city when you don’t have a country? Musa Hadid, Christian, is the Mayor of Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian people (10 miles from Jerusalem, but they are prohibited from going there). Through verité seeped in absurdity and at times suspense, American director, David Osit immerses us in the day-to-day humor, challenges and risks the charismatic Musa traverses running this city, under Israeli occupation. For several months in 2017, we witness deliberations on questions the mayor of any city could face (such as improving school infrastructure), to very specific issues unique to Palestine today such as sewage overflowing due to lack of land ownership to build processing plants. He faces mounting unrest when Trump announces his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital (discounting Palestinian’s fight for recognition). Musa asks David (the director): Do you think people in America, know or hear about what’s happening here? David isn’t sure. The tensions in Ramallah escalate, to their own endangerment. Osit succeeds in putting us in the daily shoes of a leader who fights for dignity, humanizing the Palestinian struggle. A must see to reflect on social responsibility across national lines.
David Osit is an American documentary filmmaker, editor and composer. His feature documentary THANK YOU FOR PLAYING (2015) won an Emmy. He also directed BUILDING BABEL (2012).
You can rent (for free) the films again after your watch window for the rental ends.