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The Night (al-Leyl)

Mohammad Malas

Mohammad Malas |Syria |1992 |116’ |Color |English subtitles

The Night is set in the village of Quneytra, which borders on the Golan, a key battlefield in the 1967 war between Syria and Israel.
Trying to exorcise feelings of shame and humiliation about his father’s death in Palestine during the Great Revolt of 1936, Malas tries to restore his father’s history and honor. But tracing the outline of a memory tortured by burning questions finds only bitter answers.

The visually stunning film earned several awards, including, The Golden Tanit at the Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage, in Tunisia in 1992, and the Silver Palm at the Valencia Film Festival, Spain, 1993.