Istiyad Ashbah (Ghost Hunting)

Istiyad Ashbah (Ghost Hunting)

Docu I 2017 I 94min.
Raed Andoni
English subtitles

The film will be followed by a discussion with actor Wadee Hanani.

In order to confront the ghosts that haunt him, Palestinian director Raed Andoni assembles an eclectic group of ex-prisoners to build a replicate of Al-Moskobiya, Israel’s main interrogation centre, where he was himself jailed at age 18. From fragmentary memory, day after day, they give shape to the interrogation centre they all experienced, and re-enact its stories. As the walls of the cells rise, the tongues and the emotions loosen.

 

 

Raed Andoni is a Palestinian director and producer. He and was born in 1967 in Amman (Jordan). Andoni started his carrier in the film industry in 1997 as independent producer. He cofounded 2 production houses: Dar Films in Palestine, and Les Films de Zayna in Paris. His first documentary as a director, Improvisation (2005), is an appealing insight into a Palestinian Joubran family during the Caesarean birth of their musical “Oud” trio. For his first feature length film, Fix Me (2009) Andoni filmed 20 sessions of his own therapy in Ramallah. Featuring a colorful array of characters, including members of Andoni’s own family, FIX ME explores the need for finding individuality in a place so dominated by collective consciousness and identity. Fix Me was premiered in Sundance and Cannes. Ghost Huynting is his second feature film and the recipient of the Berlinale’s 2017 Documentary Award.