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Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful

Al haya helwa
Mohamed Jabaly
Norway, Palestine
2023
90 min
World Premiere
International Competition
Synopsis

in 2014, the young Palestinian filmmaker Mohamed Jabaly was on an exchange in Norway when the borders of his home Gaza were closed for an unspecified period. This posed several problems, one being that the Norwegian government would not accept his Palestinian passport, meaning that Jabaly was now stateless. Then his application for a work permit was rejected, because being a self-taught filmmaker meant he didn’t have the necessary qualifications. It meant he was trapped with his host family in the arctic city of Tromsø, and couldn’t travel. One of the upshots of this situation was that he was unable to attend the screening of his 2016 debut film Ambulance at IDFA.

While awaiting a decision from the court, and following the dismal paths of political and bureaucratic logic, Jabaly films himself and his Norwegian friends and colleagues in the snow-covered serenity of the spectacular Norwegian landscape. These scenes contrast starkly with the agonizing images and messages he receives from family and friends in Gaza. The close-knit artistic and film community in Tromsø, meanwhile, is making every effort to support Jabaly.

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Credits
90 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Arabic, Norwegian, English
Director
    Mohamed Jabaly
    Mohamed Jabaly
Production
    KriStine Skaret for Stray Dog Productions AS,
    Sarah Winge-Sørensen for Stray Dog Productions AS
    KriStine Skaret for Stray Dog Productions AS,
    Sarah Winge-Sørensen for Stray Dog Productions AS
Executive producer
    Mohanad Yaqubi,
    Esther van Messel,
    Anne Fabini
    Mohanad Yaqubi,
    Esther van Messel,
    Anne Fabini
Co-production
    Mohamed Jabaly for Jabali Film,
    Anad Abdelwahab for Aljazeera documentary,
    Muhammad Refaat for Aljazeera documentary
    Mohamed Jabaly for Jabali Film,
    Anad Abdelwahab for Aljazeera documentary,
    Muhammad Refaat for Aljazeera documentary
Cinematography
    Mohamed Jabaly
    Mohamed Jabaly
Editing
    Erland Edenholm,
    Anne Fabini
    Erland Edenholm,
    Anne Fabini
Sound Design
    Anna Nilsson
    Anna Nilsson
Music
    Gaute Barlindhaug
    Gaute Barlindhaug
Narrator
    Mohamed Jabaly
    Mohamed Jabaly
World Sales
    First Hand Films
    First Hand Films
Screening copy
    Stray Dog Productions
    Stray Dog Productions

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