Najwa Najjar

Pomegranates and Myrrh; Yasmine's Song


Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

400 Blows, The


François Truffaut

Battle of Algiers, The


Gillo Pontecorvo

Cairo Station


Youssef Chahine

Haine, La


Mathieu Kassovitz

In The Mood For Love


Wong Kar Wai

Monsoon Wedding


Mira Nair

Separation, A


Asghar Farhadi

Silences of the Palace, The


Moufida Tlatli

Taxi Driver


Martin Scorsese

Time that Remains, The


Elia Suleiman


As a writer/director living in Palestine I was weighed down by the politics of the country. Often it was difficult to see a way out of the bleakness of the situation and create cinema. So my choices concentrated on the work of some of the directors who had a profound effect on as a filmmaker. To be able to see such expertly crafted and thoughtfully executed unconventional stories by filmmakers, in their own voices, broke barriers in my mind. They challenged, raised questions, created new cinematic languages, brought to the screen different images and consequently shattered stereotypes. And ultimately, they gave me the confidence needed to see the world from another perspective when making difficult stories in a difficult place without resorting to the pedantic.

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