Raed Andoni

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Ghost Hunting

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Ghost Hunting (Istiyad Ashbah)

Directed by Raed Andoni

  • France, Palestine, Switzerland, Qatar 2017; 94 min
  • Original version: Arabic, English
  • Genre: Documentary
    • Palestinian Submission for the 91st Academy Awards
    • Glashute Documentary Award - Berlin IFF
    • 3rd Place Audience Award - Berlinale Panorama
    • AQCC Award and experimentation Award presented by Mubi - Festival du nouveau cinéma
    • Best Arab Film - Cairo IFF


Director Raed Andoni assembles an eclectic group of Palestinian ex-prisoners in order to rebuild the Israeli investigation center in which they were all imprisoned. However, as they were always blindfolded, none of them really knows what the place actually looked like.

Director's Statement

In Palestine, more than four in ten men are either arrested or interrogated in Israeli prisons at some point in their lives – most often during early adulthood. This common experience serves both as a form of initiation and as exposure to physical and psychological trauma. First and foremost, however, this experience is a lesson in dominance – domination by the other, of the other and of the self; the relationships built on the binary values of dominant/subordinate, once experienced, repeat themselves endlessly, even among Palestinians.




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