October 13 only

Director Muayad Alayan and writer Rami Alayan will be present for a post-screening Q&A!

Extramarital affairs are always messy. Add an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man to the equation, and it gets messier. Inspired by true events, AFF alum Muayad Alayan’s award-winning sophomore feature, The Reports On Sarah And Saleem, written by brother Rami Alayan, probes at one of the darkest acts of betrayal that can happen between married persons, set amidst the polarized, racially charged backdrop of contemporary Jerusalem. Saleem, a delivery man for a bakery is expecting a child with his wife, Bisan, a college student in East Jerusalem while Sarah, a cafe owner and mother to a young daughter, is married to David, a high ranking official in the Israeli army in West Jerusalem. Sarah and Saleem’s adulterous encounters in an abandoned parking lot magnify to the extreme when they’re caught at the wrong place at the wrong time which sets off a treacherous series of events brimming with paranoia, fear, and deceit that draws those closest to them into an deluge of red tape and corruption where the fine line between truth and lies becomes all the more blurry.

Picking up on his nuanced engagement with Palestinian/Israeli tensions in lieu of his first feature, Love Theft, And Other Entanglements (2015), Alayan in Reports takes the Israel-Palestine conflict and exposes it in ways that haven’t been seen before on the big screen, here, through the vehicle of a psychosocial drama-thriller.

Winner of the Special Jury Award at the 2018 International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Seattle International Film Festival and the Best Film Award and Best Actress Award (Maisa Abd Elhadi as Bisan) at the 2018 Durban International Film Festival.

Director bio:

Muayad Alayan is a Palestinian filmmaker and cinematographer based in Jerusalem. He studied film in San Francisco and his graduation project, the documentary Exiles in Jerusalem (2005), won the Kodak Award in the same city. His short film debut Why Sabreen? (2009), made with and about the youth of his home village, won awards at film festivals worldwide. Alayan is co-founder of Palcine Productions with his brother Rami Alayan, a collective of filmmakers and audiovisual artists in Jerusalem and Bethlehem. In addition, he has worked as a film and cinematography instructor at several academic institutions in Palestine. His debut feature Love, Theft and Other Entanglements (2015) premiered at Berlinale.

For more information, please visit the Arab Film Festival website.

Directed by Muayad Alayan. 127 min. DCP. Palestine. 2018.

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