In a Palestinian town, Tamer and his friends lead a typical high school student’s life until the arrival of the beautiful Maysaa’. To please her, Tamer agrees to take part in a mysterious flag operation on the eve of Israel’s Independence Day, which is a mourning day for Palestinians.
Alam has picked up several prizes, including Best Film and the Audience Award at the Cairo Film Festival. It is the debut feature of Palestinian scriptwriter and director Firas Khoury, whose short films include award-winning movies Seven Days in Deir Bulus (2007), Yellow Mums (2010) and Maradona’s Legs (2019), the latter of which screened at SAFAR 2020.
“This intelligent, sensitive treatment of the rarely seen, everyday lives of young Palestinian citizens of Israel marks tyro feature writer-director Firas Khoury as a talent to watch” – Variety