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Infiltrators followed by a Q&A with Gäetan Harem

Khaled Jarrar

Documentary | 70′ | 2012

The checkpoint is closed: “Detour, detour!” shouts a taxi driver, announcing the beginning of yet another uncertain search for a way around the barriers curtailing Palestinian movement in the West Bank.

The film unravels adventures of various attempts by individuals and groups during their search for gaps in the Wall in order to permeate and sneak past it. Lookouts, fear, angst, running, permeation, jumping off, crawling, passing through dark passages, are stages of a complex process of passing through to the “other side” and require a very specific state of mind. Some attempts end in failure, and others in success. Some are caught by the Israeli soldiers and others reach their destination. It’s a cat and mouse game, in which failure leads to more persistence and success is an antithesis to cat’s theories of security.

Born in Jenin, Khaled Jarrar completed his studies in interior design at the Palestine Polytechnic University in 1996. He then started working in photography and is known for his exhibition in 2004 at the Howarra and Qalandya checkpoints where he put up his photos in a manner to be seen by the Israeli soldiers. He also started making films and videos; his first short video “Journey 110″ had a big success and was selected at several international festivals and art galleries (Basel Art 41, Instant Video, London Film Festival). In 2011 he graduated from the International Academy of Art (Palestine). As a visual artists, Jarrar works with photography, video and performance. He lately became famous for his project “Live and work in Palestine” which consisted in creating the first unofficial Palestinian stamp that he uses to stamp official passports of people from all nationalities around the world.


Condom Lead

Ahmad & Mohammed Abou Nasser

Fiction | 15′ | 2013

A dream of the hope for intimacy and love in a brutal, divisive world.

The title “Condom Lead” is a twist on the name “Cast Lead”, the brutal 22-days war on the Gaza Strip in 2008-2009 that inspired the directors to make this film. Identical twins Ahmed en Mohammed Abou Nasser shed light on a rarely shown side-effect of war. In an intimate scene that may occur daily between couples in war, it shows how human intimacy is cut off amid the deafening noise of ground-rocking explosions. Shot in only one day, this beautiful and humane film was the first Palestinian short film nominated for an award at the international Cannes Film Festival.

Mohamed Abu Nasser – hails from Gaza and was born in 1988. In 2010, he received the A.M. Qattan Foundation’s prestigious Young Artist of the Year Award. Condom Lead has been nominated for the Palm D’or award at Cannes and was the first Palestinian short to compete at the festival.

Gaëtan Karim Harem started its career in 2005 as editor and director of post-production. For 7 years, he directed the documentary workshop of the festival 5sur5, created by Franco Dragone. This allowed him to produce more than 30 documentaries by film makers from all over the world. These experience enabled him to develop his artistic and technical career and gave him a singular and eclectic sight on the documentary creation. 2012 marked an important turning in his career with the realization of “2mad In Vegas”, the documentary “The slides of the Cat” as well as the editing of “Infiltrators”. Gaëtan Karim Harem currently works on his next documentary. The subject will treat the story of his father and earthquake of Agadir in 1960. It will be its most personal film to date.