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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
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
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.
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.
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.