200 Meters

Director: Ameen Nayfeh

Country: Palestine

Year: 2020

Duration: 1 hr 36 min

Language: Arabic with English subtitles

Mustafa (Ali Suliman) and his family live 200 meters apart, on opposite sides of the wall dividing Israel from the West Bank. This arrangement is a matter of both economic necessity and political principle; Mustafa doesn’t want the Israeli ID that he would need in order to live in that country.

Every night, Mustafa says goodnight to his children by flashlight – signalling across the 200 metres that keep them apart. But when his son is taken to hospital, the distance that separates him from his family becomes a vast ocean. Via bureaucracy, heavily-policed checkpoints and smugglers, his odyssey collides fatefully with others – from a young boy simply trying to find work, to a naively defiant Palestinian returning home for his cousin’s wedding with his camera-ready German girlfriend. Whilst the wall fragments Palestine itself, it is the subtle and labyrinthine ramifications of everyday life that Ameen Nayfeh brings into frame, highlighting the ingenuity and dignity of Mustafa’s attempts to withstand the situation.

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