A Boy, a Wall, and a Donkey (ولد، جدار وحمار)

Three boys stand in front of the intercom at a villa's door, taking turns and speaking into it. Alerted by a security camera above their heads, the maid comes out and throws water at them to scare them away. They explain that they just wanted to record a film but since they did not have a camera, they decided to record it at the intercom camera of the door. The maid laughs and tells them that there is no tape in the camera, which is why they should go to a security camera that works. Taking her seriously, one of the boys leads the others to the wall where they position themselves in front of a turning and recording camera in order to record their movie. Each of them wants to be first, and they all recite their dialogues. When an army jeep approaches in the final scene, they wonder if these are the people who bring them the tape of their movie.

Director(s): Hani Abu-Assad

Hany Abu-Assad is one of the world’s most distinctive filmmakers. The two-time Academy Award-nominated director - Paradise Now (2006) and Omar (2013)- has won countless other awards including the Berlin International Film Festival’s prestigious Blue Angel award, Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes and the Special Jury Prize in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. He was born in Nazareth, Palestine in 1961. After having studied and worked as an airplane engineer in The Netherlands for several years, Abu-Assad entered the world of cinema as a producer and produced the feature film Curfew, directed by Rashid Masharawi, in 1994. In 1998 he directed his first film, The Fourteenth Chick, from a script by writer Arnon Grunberg, followed by his documentary Nazareth 2000, his second feature film Rana’s Wedding and his second documentary Ford Transit. In 2006 his film Paradise Now about two Palestinian men preparing for a suicide attack in Tel Aviv, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign language film in 2006. In 2011 Abu-Assad finished working on The Courier, a Hollywood movie starring Jeffery Dean Morgan, Til Schweiger and Mickey Rourke. Most recently, Abu-Assad’s Omar, which featured star-making performances from Adam Bakri and Leem Lubany, garnered the director his second Academy Award nomination for the edge-of-your seat thriller. The film won several worldwide prizes including the Jury Prize of Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival.

Actor(s):Najah Abu El-Hajjar, Majd Dabbour, Anas Zaid, Mohannad Baraky

Duration: 4 min.

Production:ART for The World & United Nations High Commi, Adelina von Fürstenberg