A Film by Ihab Jadallah |18 min Fiction Short | Arabic w/ English Subtitles | Producer Ihab Jadallah | Aanat Film Palestine
This is a thought-provoking film which follows the journey of a Palestinian traitor.
‘Abu el Ward’, a flower seller who is struggling to earn a living selling flowers at funerals in a Palestinian refugee camp, where opportunities for celebration and joy are scarce and only death remits the purchase of flowers, becomes an easy prey for the Israeli secret services.
Considered a grand betrayal in the Palestinian territories, collaboration with the enemy is a very risky business; even more so when the collaborator is discovered and is being secretly watched by the militants that he is informing the Israelis about!
Treating a sensitive and taboo subject, and packed with action; the ‘Flower Seller’ is a first-of-its-kind Palestinian thriller.
What really excites me about a character like ‘Abu el Ward’ is that it breaks all the rules of patriotism. No one likes a traitor in reality, but the idea here is of offering the public the opportunity to discuss such a sensitive subject matter, which is in fact considered a taboo in the Palestinian society. This is where I think the film stems its important.
Opening a space for debate through provocation is what I am looking for. I believe it’s time for us Palestinians, to openly look into the sensitive issues that have badly affected as a society for decades.
Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival 2011
Abu Dhabi International Film Festival 2011
Tout Courts, Aix-en-Provence, 2011
London Short Film Festival 2011
Born Shorts 2011
Postira Seaside Film Festival 2011
London Palestine Film Festival 2012
Barbican New Palestinian Fiction 2012
Middle East Europe – Far too near east 2012
Oslo Palestine Film Festival 2012