Awardshow & Return to Haifa
We start this screening with the festive award show of prizes for:
Film / Documentary
Workshop for short film scripts
After the award ceremony we will screen the film Return to Haifa.
Film director Kassem Hawal – based on the novel by Ghassan Kanafani
The Palestinian city of Haifa wasn’t expecting anything. Suddenly, It came from the east, from the mountains of Carmel. The shells flew through the midst of the city and poured into It’s Arab quarters. the streets of Haifa turned to chaos as terror spread through the city. The city closed his shops and windows of their houses.
“Safia” who had left her five – month old son “khaldoun” was searching for her husband “Saeed” amidst a searching flood of people. When she found him, they returned home, panic stricken, to rescue their son. Their attempt was in vain. The shells and British soldiers blockaded them from getting there.
Twenty years later, after the June war of 1967 , the Zionist occupation permitted families to visit their homes. “Safia” and “Saeed” returned to Haifa to find their son “Khaldoun” now called “Doff” enrolled in the Israeli reserve. He had been adopted by a childless Jewish family that had immigrated to Palestine in 1948.
Who is the real mother?
Who is the real father?
What is a homeland and what is the way to return to Hai