Bethlehem Cultural Festival

Annemarie Jacir in conversation with three young film makers

Ibrahim Handal, Baha AbuShanab, Wisam Al Jafari and Anne-Marie Jacir

Annemarie Jacir talks with Ibrahim Handal, Baha Abu Shanab and Wisam Al Jafari about their film making

Wisam Al Jafari

Wisam Al Jafari

Wisam Al Jafari is a filmmaker born in Dheisheh Refugee Camp near Bethlehem. He obtained his BFA in filmmaking from Dar Alkalima University, and has worked in many films as an Assistant Director, Location Manager, Camera Assistant and Sound Engineer. Wisam also made few short fictions and experimental films.


Despite the noise and chaos of the refugee camp, two young Palestinian refugees discover a creative way to record music in order to meet a competition deadline.

Ibrahim Handal

Ibrahim Handal

Ibrahim Handal is a Palestinian filmmaker and cinematographer from Bethlehem.

In 2019 he obtained his BFA in Cinematography at Dar Al-Kalima University College for Arts & Culture. Ibrahim directed several narrative and experimental short films and he also worked as Director of Photography on various short films including the Cannes Cinefondation 2019 winner “Ambience” by Wissam Al Jafari.

Ibrahim also worked on several feature film productions in Palestine, in the camera and lighting departments. He is now developing his own first feature film project.

You and I

A young woman in her mid-thirties lives an ordinary life between her work and home . Viewers discover,however , that she is living in fantasy world , which she created in order to help tolerate her destiny

Baha’ AbuShanab

Baha’ AbuShanab

Baha’ AbuShanab is a film production graduate from Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture in Bethlehem, Palestine. Before this, he received his diploma degree in Documentary Film Production from the same University College in 2015. During his six years of studies, he produced several film projects, including “The Living of the Pigeons” an award-winning 16-minute documentary that portrays the harsh experience of Palestinian workers crossing an Israeli checkpoint near Bethlehem to reach their workplaces inside Israel. The documentary was screened in more than 32 film festivals worldwide, including in France, the USA, Italy, Germany, UAE, and Palestine. Baha’ currently works as a freelancer and plans to obtain his master’s degree in filmmaking.

The Living of the Pigeons

A haunting glimpse of the surreal early morning hours and the daily experience of “rush hour” for Palestinian workers at the Israeli Checkpoint 300, which separates Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank from Jerusalem.

Anne-Marie Jacir

Annemarie Jacir

Annemarie Jacir has written, directed and produced over sixteen films. Two of her films have premiered as Official Selections in Cannes, one in Berlin and in Venice, Locarno, Toronto and Telluride. All three of her feature films were Palestine’s official Oscar entries. With a commitment to teaching, training and hiring locally, Annemarie also curates and mentors, actively promoting independent cinema in the region. Founder of Philistine Films, she collaborates regularly with fellow filmmakers as an editor, screenwriter and producer. In 2018, she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and also served on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival. She is a cofounder of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research in Bethlehem, an artist-run space in her hometown of Bethlehem, Palestine.