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January 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Private (2004) by Saverio CostanzoRunning time: 93 min.
Arabic with English subtitles
The film has received the Golden Leopard (best film) award at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival
A Palestinian family is trapped inside a house commandeered by Israeli soldiers.
Plot: Mohammad, his wife and their five children live in a large, isolated house located halfway between a Palestinian village and an Israeli settlement. The house, in the crossfire of the two sides, is a strategic lookout point that the Israeli army decides to seize, confining the family to a few downstairs rooms in daytime and a single room at night. Mohammad refuses to leave this home and, reinforced by his principles against violence, decides to find a way to keep his family together in the house until the Israeli soldiers move on.