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Mars at Sunrise

Directed by Jessica Habie

Narrative / Palestine / 2012 / 75 mins / Arabic with English subtitles / US Premiere

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A painter’s resistance, courage and spirit can never be imprisoned in this highly stylized story of the conflict of two frustrated artists on either side of Israel’s militarized borders.

Inspired by the creative journey of renowned Palestinian artist in exile Hani Zurob and on true stories and testimonies from the region, we witness expression, confinement, torture, jealousy, courage and freedom as both artists from each culture strive to paint a picture of life surrounded by conflict.

Mars at Sunrise stars Ali Suliman as Khaled, Golden Globe Winner for Best Foreign Film 2005, Paradise Now; Guy El Hanan as Eyal, an Israeli radio personality and an accomplished playwright; and Haale Gafori as Azzadeh, singer of Brooklyn’s The Mast and author of the film’s original poetry. The soundtrack comes in six languages (English, Hebrew, Russian, Yiddish, Farsi and Arabic) and was produced by Tamir Muskat of the Balkan Beat Box, and featuring original music by Itamar Ziegler and Mohsen Subhi.

Director's Bio

jessicahabie Jessica’s documentary works Beyond Blue and Gray and Art and Apathy received awards at several film festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, The Cannes Short Film Corner and Berlinale Talent Campus. Her first feature Mars at Sunrise was produced by Baher Agbariya (Thirst AttashLast Days in JerusalemMan Without a Cell PhoneOmar) and edited by Luis Carballar (Amores Perros,ManorcaSin NombreThe Devil’s DoubleImmigrant) and ErezOs. Sound Design was done by Martin Herndandez, (Amores PerrosBabelInto the WildThe Loneliest PlanetOn the Road).



Cast: Ali Suliman, Guy El Hanan, Haale Gafori and Maisam Masri
Producer: Baher Agarabiya , Nirah Shirazipour
Cinematographer: Xavi Jose
Editor: Luis Carballar, Osnat and Erez
Music: Tamir Muskat of Balkan Beat Box
Screenwriter: Jessica Habie

Dates & Times

Mars at Sunrise (plus Q&A with filmmaker)

Opera Plaza Cinema (San Francisco)
Oct. 12, 2013 8:00 pm

Mars at Sunrise

Harmony Gold (Los Angeles)
Oct. 20, 2013 2:00 pm

Mars at Sunrise

Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)
Nov. 16, 2013 5:00 pm