200 metres

We are pleased to have worked with the Showroom Cinema to put on 200 mètres a film that premiered at the 77th Venice International Film Festival in September 2020, where it won the BNL People’s Choice Audience Award as part of the Venice Days competition.

Mustafa (Ali Suliman) and his wife Salwa (Lana Zreik) are from two Palestinian villages only 200 metres apart, but separated by the WALL and their different ID permits. Their three children live with their mother in Israel, and Mustafa lives with his mother in the West Bank, refusing to exchange Palestinian for Israeli ID. Every night, they signal goodnight across the divide. Only occasionally can they be together.

One day, his son is in an accident, and Mustafa rushes to the checkpoint where he is denied entry. Desperately, he resorts to hiring a people smuggler and the 200 metres distance becomes a 200-kilometre odyssey full of absurdity and danger.

Showing at the Showroom this coming Sunday, December 5th at 6pm.