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20 Handshakes for Peace

Mahdi Fleifel
Palestine, Germany 2014 / 3’

On September 13, 1993, Yitzhak Rabin, Bill Clinton, and Yasser Arafat reached an agreement between the Government of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization. The talks were sealed by a handshake, which, for many, was a symbol of dashed hopes. The narrator recounts what happened, remembering the event largely because of his father’s violent reaction: “He could not believe what had happened. One time he threw his shoe at the TV and shouted so loud, the next-door neighbors complained about him.”

Patryk Tomiczek

Mahdi Fleifel

A Danish filmmaker of Palestinian origins. He began developing his passion for film at a very early age thanks to a video camera that belonged to his father. Studied at the National Film and Television School in England. His first film, Arafat and I, was screened at numerous international festivals and captured awards in Romania, the Czech Republic, and Italy. His first full-length film, A World Not Ours, gained worldwide recognition, as confirmed by its numerous festival awards.

Selected filmography

2008 Arafat and I (short)

2012 Nie nasz świat / A World Not Ours (doc.)

2014 20 uścisków dłoni dla pokoju / 20 Handshakes for Peace (doc., short)

Cast & Crew

director Mahdi Fleifel
screenplay Mahdi Fleifel
editing Mahdi Fleifel
music Mahdi Fleifel
cast Bill Clinton, Yasser Arafat, Izac Rabih, Edward Said
producer Mahdi Fleifel
production Idioms Film & Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung
sales Idioms Film
language English
colouration b&w