Ghost Hunting

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    Ghost Hunting

    Istiyad Ashbah

    Directed by

    France, Palestine, Switzerland, Qatar

    2017

    94 min

    • English
    • Arabic

    Documentary

    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.

    Awards

    • 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

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Ramzi Maqdisi
    Mohammed "Abu Atta" Khattab
    Raed Andoni
    Atef Al-Akhras
    Wadee Hanani
    Adnan Al-Hatab
    Abdallah Moubarak
    Anbar Ghannan
    Raed Khattab
    Monther Jawabreh
    Screenplay
    Raed Andoni
    Cinematography
    Camille Cottagnoud
    Editing
    Gladys Joujou

    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.

    Production
    ZAYNA FILMS
    Sales
    UDI - URBAN DISTRIBUTION INTERNATIONAL

    Press

    A boldly original take on the phantom menace of post-traumatic stress.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Raed Andoni

    Raed Andoni

    Palestine

    Film-maker Raed Andoni started working in cinema 15 years ago, as an independent producer and co-founder of the leading Palestinian production company, Dar Films. He has produced and secured international distribution for a number of award-winning documentaries by Ra’anan Alexandrowicz, Rashid Masharawi and Nizar Hassan amongst others. He is also the artistic producer of the collective documentary FAMILY ALBUMS (2012). His first documentary IMPROVISATION (2005), produced in association with ARTE was a great success at festivals. Andoni’s first feature FIX ME (2009) premiered in Sundance and Cannes before its release in European theatres. It won several prizes around the world, most recently the SCAM award for “best documentary of the year”.

    Selected Filmography