2017 MENFF

Showcase of Greenhouse Films & Work in Progress, followed by a discussion and Q&A

2017 Middle East Now Film Festival

Maryam Ebrahimi from Iran screened a work in progress of  'Stronger than a Bullet', followed by a conversation with her and GH's Director Sigal Yehuda; together they discussed with the audience the artistic and strategic decisions Ebrahimi has made and dealt with, both during her participation in Greenhouse and when she continued working on her project after the program has ended.

Two Greenhouse films took part in the Greenhouse Showcase: the World Premiere of 'Hard Change' (2017) by Badran Badran and Yoad Earon from Israel, and 'Nazareth Cinema Lady' (2015) by Nurit Jacobs Yinon from Israel.

Stronger than a Bullet

Maryam Ebrahimi / Iran, 2017

Acclaimed photographer, Saeid Sadeghi asserts that he sent thousands of young Iranian men to their graves. One boy, Fereydoon Maleki, was my best friend in childhood.

Today, 20 years later, Saeid and I embark on a journey to discover how his photographs propelled a generation to their deaths.


Hard Change

Badran Badran & Yoad Earon / Israel, 2017

Two young Palestinian brothers, Yichia (14-years-old) and Hamam (8-years-old), living in Tul Karem are forced to grow-up too fast, to give up going to school and children’s play and instead work as street beggars in Wadi Arah Israel to support their family. Hamam, the youngest, tries to avoid the hard work and play while his elder brother Yichia, dreams of a better future.


Nazareth Cinema Lady

Nurit Jacobs Yinon / Israel, 2015

Safa Dabour, a religious Muslim from Nazareth, is struggling to fulfill her dream of establishing a cinematheque in Nazareth, the first and only one of its kind for the Arab population in Israel.Safa's father and husband die while she is still a young mother to two small boys. She chooses to take charge of her own fate and freedom and establishes the Cinematheque in an old building donated many years ago by Frank Sinatra to the Arab and Jewish children of Nazareth as a sign of friendship and peace. It was all downhill from there.