Najwa Najjar

Pomegranates and Myrrh; Yasmine's Song

Palestine/Jordan

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

400 Blows, The

1959

François Truffaut

Battle of Algiers, The

1966

Gillo Pontecorvo

Cairo Station

1958

Youssef Chahine

Haine, La

1995

Mathieu Kassovitz

In The Mood For Love

2000

Wong Kar Wai

Monsoon Wedding

2001

Mira Nair

Separation, A

2011

Asghar Farhadi

Silences of the Palace, The

1994

Moufida Tlatli

Taxi Driver

1976

Martin Scorsese

Time that Remains, The

2009

Elia Suleiman

Comments

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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