Writer/director Rashid Masharawi’s inspired hybrid of documentary and fiction begins in a refugee camp near Ramallah. Jabir runs a mobile cinema from his old truck throughout the West Bank while his wife works to bring emergency medical care to Palestinians. Both navigate endless checkpoints and other obstacles by looking for creative solutions. When Jabir is invited by a spirited schoolteacher to make an open-air screening in the old city of Jerusalem, he becomes obsessed with the idea of this pilgrimage and begins to investigate the possibilities.
“’Ticket to Jerusalem,’ Rashid Masharawi’s modest, scruffy new film, defends the honor and necessity of movie going in times of political emergency…Mr. Masharawi’s film seems aware, in its quiet, sad resilience, that its very existence is something of an achievement.” –New York Times
“Rashid Masharawi’s warm yet clear-eyed film largely sidesteps sentiment in favor of a tentative hopefulness.” –Village Voice
‘Ticket to Jerusalem’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Arabic with English subtitles.