Michel Khleifi
Palestine | 1985 | 30 min | Documentary
Since the declaration of the state of Israel in 1948, countless Palestinian villages have been erased from the map and their inhabitants. Ma'loul, just west of Nazareth, is one such ruined village. It was inhabited principally by Palestinian Christians, who were forced to leave to Lebanon or Nazareth. Since then and once a year, Ma'loul's original inhabitants are allowed to come back to the place of their hometown, on the day when Israel celebrates its independence. For this occasion, they have developed the habit of organizing a picnic on the remains of their ancient village.

Michel Khleifi

Michel Khleifi

Michel Khleifi is a Palestinian filmmaker born in Nazareth in 1950. He lives since 1970 in Brussels where he attended the INSAS. Wedding in Galilee was the first Palestinian-made full-length film entirely shot in Palestine. Khleifi directed and produced several documentaries and feature films, which have received many awards including the International Critics Prize at the Festival de Cannes.

Wedding in Galilee (1987)

Canticle of the Stones (1990)

Zindeeq (2009)