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Alpes

Original title: Alpes

Directed by: Nael Khleifi

Produced by: Alice Lemaire (Sourat Films, Belgium)

Country of production: Belgium

Runtime: 64'

Expected release: October, 2021

Production stage: Post-Production

Budget: 145,000€ (95% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: festivals, sales agents / distributors, buyers, strategic guidance

Synopsis:

In the heart of the Alps, in the secrecy of the dark and cold night, women and men come to the aid of migrants crossing the french-italian border. In solidarity, they organize themselves illegally to escape police checks and the repression that rages on these mountain trails, to protect those risking their lives attempting to enter France.

Director’s profile:

Nael Khleifi was born in 1978 from a Palestinian father and a Belgian mother. Graduated in 2004 from the National Institute of Arts and Entertainment in Brussels – image section, Nael Khleifi start to work as a director of photography in documentary. He directed his first short fictional film (IN THE LAND OF GIANTS) featuring a newly arrived migrant in Lille also in 2004.
He then directed the documentary WAITING… (2011) in the Jungle of Calais. He continued his cinematographic work on migration issues with the feature documentary APLS in 2021.

Producer’s profile:

After studying in Paris, Alice Lemaire settled in Brussels to devote herself entirely to cinema. She worked for Wallonie-Bruxelles Images for two years to promote and export Belgian French-speaking films abroad.
Today, she works mainly as an independent producer for Michigan Films and Sourat Films and develops resolutely singular documentary and hybrid projects. She has accompanied numerous films selected in international festivals: UNE FILLE DE OUESSANT by Eléonore Saintagnan (Silver Sesterce at Visions du Réel 2018), D’UN CH TEAU L’AUTRE by Emmanuel Marre (Pardino d’Oro in Locarno 2018) and PETIT SAMEDI (Berlinale Forum 2020)

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Concrete Land

Original title: Concrete Land

Directed by: Asmahan Bkerat

Produced by: Sahar Yousefi (Nava Projects, Canada)

Country of production: Jordan, Canada

Runtime: 80'

Expected release: May, 2022

Production stage: Late Production / Post-Production

Budget: €170,000 (24% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: festivals, sales agents / distributors, buyers, co-producers, gap financing

Synopsis:

Concrete Land is an intimate look at the lives of a nomadic Bedouin family in its struggle to hold on to its traditional life under the pressures of urbanisation. Their only wish as a family is to stay together, with their loyal yet eccentric pet sheep Badrya firmly by their side.

Director’s profile:

Asmahan Bkerat is a Palestinian-Jordanian-American documentary filmmaker. Her love for cinema has led her to work in various roles on films of different scales, before setting on the path to documentary film. Bkerat’s first short documentary BADRYA won the Jury Prize for Best MiniDoc at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival. She is currently working on her first feature- length documentary CONCRETE LAND, which got the IDFA Bertha Fund and the Doha Film Institute’s production fund. CONCRETE LAND is the first Jordanian film to be a finalist for the Whickers Awards. Asmahan is an alumnus of the IDFA Academy, DFI, the Scottish Documentary Institute, the American Film Showcase, and the RFC.

Producer’s profile:

Sahar Yousefi is an award-winning Canadian producer. She began her career at the National Film Board of Canada, where she worked on various documentaries and interactive new media, such the award-winning NFB SPACE SCHOOL. Her first feature, the Telefilm-funded documentary PLAY YOUR GENDER (2016), won the Edith Lando Peace Prize, among other accolades, and is currently playing on CBC’s Documentary Channel. Her latest project, the short animated documentary IN THE SHADOW OF THE PINES, premiered at the 2020 Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and won best animated short at the Ottawa International Animation Film Festival and the San Francisco Film Festival, among several other awards. Yousefi is an alumnus of the Hot Docs Accelerator Program, the RIDM Talent Lab, and the BANFF Spark Accelerator.

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Three Promises

Original title: Three Promises

Directed by: Yousef Srouji

Produced by: Marielle Olentine (United States); Zein Khleif (United States)

Country of production: Palestine, Egypt, United States

Runtime: 80'

Expected release: July, 2022

Production stage: Late Production, Early Post Production

Budget: $407,746 (10% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: festivals, sales agents, distributors, buyers, European co-producers, gap financing, strategic guidance, investors, funders

Synopsis:

In Three Promises, a mother navigates the impossible question of whether to take her family and flee their homeland as destruction and danger escalates beyond the walls of their home. The story revolves around three critical moments when she negotiates their safety with God amid the abandonment of dear friends, her son’s fleeting childhood, her daughter’s mistrust, and directly facing her own mortality.

Director’s profile:

Yusef is a first time documentary filmmaker and longtime storyteller. His work centers around understanding the dynamics of occupation in Palestine, and community resilience in conflict zones. He holds a Master of Development Practice from UC Berkeley and works to use his skills to aid and empower marginalized communities in the Middle East. Yusef spent the first part of his childhood in Palestine, then relocated to Qatar with his family in the midst of the Second Intifada. He attended the University of British Columbia, where he earned a BA in Economics.

Producer’s profile:

Marielle is multimedia storyteller and producer championing a collaborative and intuitive approach to filmmaking. From covering the Syrian Revolution to following presidential candidates on the campaign trail in 2016, her work has appeared on VICE, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, and HBO and at Toronto Film Festival and SXSW. As a storyteller she seeks to weave together narratives that honor, celebrate and bridge differences, finding inspiration in the interconnectedness of nature and the devotion of oral story-keepers across the globe. When she’s not making films she’s marveling at the magic of small moments and working with Bay Area communities and their governments to design services for the people by the people.

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The Last Projectionist

Original title: The Last Projectionist

Directed by: Alex Bakri

Produced by: May Odeh (Odeh Films, Palestine); Thomas Kaske (Kaske Film, Germany)

Country of production: Palestine, Germany

Runtime: 90'

Expected release: December, 2021

Production stage: Post-Production

Budget: €150,000 (51% in place)

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Completion Fund, Sales Agents, Festival Programmers

Synopsis:

Hussein is the last projectionist of the old cinema in Jenin, which is renovated by a German NGO. He desperately tries to convince them of his skills hoping to get his old job back. But his handicraft knowledge, and passion for cinema might not be enough, as times have changed.

Director’s profile:

Alex Bakri was born in 1978 in the Palestinian village Beane in the Galilee/ Israel, and studied Cinema and Media in the „College of Technology and Media Instruction“ in Tel-Aviv.
Since then he was working in nearly all departments of film making in including acting in diverse cinema films (a.o. THE TIME THAT REMAINS 2009 by Elia Suleiman). Since 2007 he directed several short films (f. ex. AJAMEYOUN 2007) and video installations, and worked as a DOP (a.o CINEMA JENIN 2011 by Marcus Vetter).
As a film editor he worked on short films and Video Art productions, and then for the Palestinian TV Ramallah. Since 2013 he is working as a freelancer for German Film- and TV productions. He edited various documentaries, such as TASTE OF CEMENT by Ziad Kalthoum, OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki.

Producer’s profile:

MAY ODEH (ODEH FILMS / PALESTINE)
Odeh is a director and producer best known for 200 METERS (2020), THE PRESENT (2020), MARADONA’S LEGS (2019), THE CROSSING (2017), DIARIES (2011), ROSHMIA “2014”, IZRIQAQ (2013. She is the founder of ODEH FILMS; a production company aiming to produce and distribute creative documentary and fiction films.
THOMAS KASKE (KASKE FILM / GERMANY)
Thomas Kaske was born in East Germany. He lived in Nairobi and studied visual anthropology and media arts. After producing experimental short films as a director, which toured many international festivals, Thomas started to work as a junior producer for documentary productions. He founded Kaske Film in 2015 to build a platform to produce new and alternative narratives.