Davidson Film Club Presents “200 Meters”
“A bold look at one of the most controversial disputes of our century.” Ali Arkani, Film Threat
Directed by Ameen Nayfeh
Jordan (2020, 1h36)
In Arabic, Hebrew, and English w/English subtitles
Discussion of the film will be led by Dr. Rebecca Joubin, Chair of Arab Studies at Davidson College.
Like so many other venues in our community at this time, we warmly encourage our patrons to wear a mask but do not require it. We will have N95 or KN95-type masks available at the door for those who need one.
Walk-ins are welcome, $9 at the door, cash or check (no credit cards). Walk-ins must apply for a seat in advance at [email protected]. Walk-in seats are limited by availability.
Refreshments (red and white wine, bottled water, and snacks) will be made available by the Film Club.
Mustafa, a Palestinian construction worker, lives 200 meters away from his wife Salwa and their children in two West Bank Palestinian villages separated by the Israeli border wall. He crosses over into Israel each day to work. One day he gets a call every parent dreads: his son has been injured and brought to the hospital. Rushing to cross the Israeli checkpoint, Mustafa is denied entry on a technicality. Stopping at nothing to reach his child, a 200-meter distance becomes a 200-kilometer odyssey, as the increasingly desperate Mustafa attempts to smuggle himself to the other side of the wall.
Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 93%!
13 wins and 2 nominations, including Best Feature Film, Best Director, Best Actor; People’s Choice Award at the Venice Film Festival, Human Rights Jury Prize at the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Cinema for Humanity Prize, and multiple Audience Awards.
“A superb central performance from Ali Suliman as Mustafa is at the heart of this impressive first feature, which persuasively captures the grinding indignities of day-to-day Palestinian life.”
Wendy Ide, Screen International
“200 Meters is a thriller which makes the smallest interactions fraught with tension. Yet, what makes it impressive is how everything relates to the bigger picture.” Jack Cameron, One Room With A View
“Encompasses a thrilling road trip which at the same time enlightens us to the humiliations that Palestinians go through to travel to Israel.” Harvey S. Karten, Big Apple Reviews
“Nayfeh’s film mixes thriller-like tension with deeply-felt sympathy for his characters, with Suliman delivering a finely-nuanced performance.” Adam Sweeting, The Arts Desk
“The performances throughout are incredibly convincing, and often bring tender and heartwarming moments, as well as ones full of frustration and rage.” Lucy Buglass, JumpCut Online
“So deep, touching, and simple at the same time, fully engaged from the 1st scene till the last one.” User Review
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Hope that many of you will be at the November 12 screening of this gripping and deeply touching film!
President, Davidson Film Club