About The Film
Catastrophic choices threaten to consume a young lovelorn Palestinian caught between both sides of the occupation in OMAR, a punch-in-the-stomach political thriller from Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now).
His West Bank village split by Israeli’s separation wall, Omar (Adam Bakri) is accustomed to scaling the physical and metaphorical concrete divide in order to visit Nadia (Leem Lubany), his secret love interest and sister of childhood friend Tarek (Eyad Hourani), a Palestinian militant. In the wake of a deadly sniper attack on an Israeli checkpoint, Omar is arrested, tortured and eventually cajoled into becoming an informant for Israeli intelligence agent Rami (Waleed Zuaiter). Bereft of any options, Omar is forced to betray his friends or accept unending blackmail by the Israelis. The film’s nihilistic coda will leave stunned audiences contemplating the endless cycle of violence and retribution in the Palestinian territories. Writer-director Abu-Assad offers no easy answers, laying bare the fury and frustration of the Palestinian plight, but also refusing to excuse the characters’ tragic, often self-destructive actions.
A stunning piece of filmmaking that has garnered widespread critical acclaim, OMAR is winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Palestinian official entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and the first film to be fully funded by the Palestinian cinema industry.
NOTE: In a first-of-its-kind program, AJFF will present a special, hour-long panel discussion entitled BETHLEHEM VS. OMAR: CONFLICT AND CONTEXT that will dissect and contrast these two powerful dramas. The panel discussion will take place on Thursday, February 20 at 12:30 PM at Lefont Sandy Springs. Tickets can be purchased for an additional fee of $5. For more details, click here.