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Blood Like Water

NY Premiere

Director: Dima Hamdan

Palestine, 2023, 15 min

Shooting Format:Digital

Festival Year:2024

Category:Narrative Short


WINNER: Best Narrative Short

Cast:Ruba Blal, Adeeb Safadi, Atallah Tannous, Raeda Ghazaleh

Crew:Writer: Dima Hamdan. Producers: Toni Copti, Jiries Copti, Farah Abushwesha, Dima Hamdan.


Based on true stories.
When Shadi embarks on a secret adventure, he accidentally drags his proud Palestinian family into a trap where they only have two choices; either collaborate with the Israeli occupation, or be shamed and humiliated by their community.

About the director

Dima Hamdan is a Palestinian filmmaker and journalist based in Berlin. She spent 12 years working with the BBC World Service, with reporting assignments in Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine. As a self-taught filmmaker, she directed several short films in the UK, Jordan, Germany and Palestine. Her previous short film, The Bomb (Germany, 2019), had a successful world festival tour, winning the “Best Female Director” award at the Ayodhya Film Festival in India, and receiving a Special Mention at the Festival del Cinema dei Diritti Umani di Napoli and the Directed by Women Festival in Turkey. As a screenwriter, Dima won multiple awards, including Shasha Screenwriting Grant by the Abu Dhabi Film Commission and the Goteborg Development Fund in Sweden. She participated in several film labs including the RAWI/Sundance Screenwriter's Lab in Jordan. She is currently working on her debut feature film, Amnesia, which will be shot in Palestine.


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