Habibi  {Habibi Rasak Kharban}
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Habibi Rasak Kharban
Palestine, 2011, 78 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: USA, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates
US Premiere
Topics: Drama, Middle East, Political, Romance, Woman Director
Programs: Arabian Nights, New Voices/New Visions
Language: Arabic English Sub-Titles

When Gaza comes under full closure in 2001, two young lovers studying at a university in the West Bank are forced to return home. Qays and Layla come from one of the most conservative areas of Gaza. There, a woman’s family plays a major role in the choice of her husband. Qays faces a major challenge when preparing a marriage proposal to Layla’s traditional, religious parents. As an impoverished college student from the refugee camp he has no way to pay for a dowry, a wedding or a home for him and his bride. As Palestinian resistance and Israeli reaction escalate, Layla’s brother joins Hamas. While he and others focus on the resistance movement, Qays focuses on reaching Layla. He scribbles love poetry all over the walls of their town, scandalizing Layla’s family. As Layla’s parents try to restore her reputation by marrying her to another, Layla goes in search of Qays. Can she rescue their future as a couple?

Director Susan Youssef is expected to attend both screenings.

DIRECTOR: Susan Youssef
Producer: Susan Youssef, Man Kit Lam
Editor: Susan Youssef, Man Kit Lam
Screenwriter: Susan Youssef
Cinematographer: PJ Raval
Music: Menno Cruijsen
Principal Cast: Kais Nashif, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Yussef Abu-Warda, Amer Khalil
Filmography: Debut Feature
Print Source: Paradigm - www.paradigmagency.com

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