Life is Beautiful
World premiere: IDFA 2023 / International Competition
Young filmmaker Mohamed Jabaly is visiting a film festival in Tromsø in 2014, when the borders to his home Gaza close indefinitely and he is unable to return. Not only is he now considered stateless, but his application for an artist visa is rejected as it does not meet the qualification criteria, being a self-taught filmmaker. After several appeals, Mohamed decides to go to court and is backed by a growing group of supporters within the film industry and beyond. While waiting for the decision, Mohamed films himself and his friends and colleagues in the snow-covered serenity of the Nordic landscape as he tries to stay connected with his family in Gaza who have once again come uder attack.
A FILM BY Mohamed Jabaly | Norway, Palestine | 2023 | 90'