Official Selection

200 Meters

by Ameen Nayfeh
Palestine, Jordan, Qatar, Italy, Sweden, 2020, 96', color, DCP
Screenplay: Ameen Nayfeh
Thursday 03 September 2020
11:30 Sala Perla Press, Industry
Tuesday 08 September 2020
17:00 Sala Perla All Accreditations
Followed by Q&A
Wednesday 09 September 2020
15:00 Cinema Rossini Tickets
Saturday 12 September 2020
19:30 Sala Astra 1 Tickets, All Accreditations
Saturday 12 September 2020
19:45 Sala Astra 2 Tickets, All Accreditations

Elin Kirschfink
Kamal El Mallakh

Faraj Suleiman
Sylvain Bellemare
Benny Person
production design
Bashar Hassuneh
Fairouze Nastas

Ali Suliman
Anna Unterberger
Motaz Malhees
Lana Zreik
Gassan Abbas
[Abu Nidal]

May Odeh
Odeh Films
Francesco Melzi d'Eril
Marco Colombo
Julia Gebauer
MeMo Films
Metafora Production
Adler Entertainment
Film i Skåne
Way Feature Films

world sales
True Colours

press office
Gordon Spragg
Laurin Dietrich
Michael Arnon

Mustafa and his wife Salwa come from two Palestinian villages that are only 200 meters apart, but separated by the wall. Their unusual living situation is starting to affect their otherwise happy marriage, but the couple does what they can to make it work. Every night, Mustafa flashes a light from his balcony to wish his children on the other side a goodnight, and they signal him back. One day Mustafa gets a call that every parent dreads: his son has been in an accident. He rushes to the checkpoint where he must agonisingly wait in line only to find out there is a problem with his fingerprints and is denied entry. Desperate, Mustafa resorts to hiring a smuggler to bring him across. His once 200-meter journey becomes a 200-kilometer odyssey joined by other travellers determined to cross.



2020 200 Meters
2017 The Crossing [short]
2014 Suspended Time 'Zaman Muaalaq' [segment: Interference, doc]
2012 The Eid Gift [doc]
2012 The Uppercut [doc]

I carry lots of memories that I no longer have access to, or it could be that I fear to dwell on them. Oppression does alienate you as it denies your basic rights; especially when you start adapting to it! A forced separation aches a lot. 200 Meters is my story and the story of thousands of Palestinians, and stories can definitely alter lives. I believe in the power of the cinema and how it touches our lives in magical ways. I need to tell this story. Images of the wall, checkpoints and soldiers are probably what come to mind when Palestine is mentioned. Although these images are also in this film, the focus will be on what such a separation does to us as human beings. And to shed more light on the invisible barriers and walls that are created as a result of the physical barrier. Here in Palestine, we got used to adapting to new situations, doing as we are told and camouflaging our feelings. But this should no longer be acceptable. Freedom of movement is a very basic human right that seems to be a fairytale in such a brutal reality. The main character Mustafa has obeyed the rules, endured the humiliation and done as he was told in order to secure a small chance to be with his family, but when the same rules that alienated his life put his family and fatherhood at stake, will he obey them any longer?

Ameen Nayfeh (Palestine, 1988) spent his formative years moving between Jordan and Palestine. Despite an early interest in filmmaking, in 2010 he earned his B.Sc. in Nursing from Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem. Two years later, he earned an MFA in film producing from the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Jordan. He writes, produces, and directs award-winning short films.

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