Mars at Sunrise

A story of a war waged on imagination.  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, a singer based in Brooklyn 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.

The film was directed by Jessica Habie, and it was her first feature; 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. Mars at Sunrise was produced by Baher Agbariya (Thirst Attash, Last Days in Jerusalem, Man Without a Cell Phone, Omar) and edited by Luis Carballar (Amores Perros, Manorca, Sin Nombre, The Devil’s Double, Immigrant) and ErezOs. Sound Design was done by Martin Herndandez, (Amores Perros, Babel, Into the Wild, The Loneliest Planet, On the Road).

The film is set for limited theatrical and wide digital distribution in February of 2014. Proceeds for the film will go to the newly created Fajr Falestine Film Fund and will support the production of experimental and otherwise genre defiant works of cinema from the Palestinian Diaspora.

Mandatory Service

Winner of BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM at Tribeca Film Festival in 2008. The cultural impact of Israeli society’s militarization has both challenged and stifled the cultivation of creativity in the country. Mandatory Service asks a series of often ignored questions about how forced military service – and resistance to it – influences Israeli artists’ efforts to re-civilize the consciousness of Israeli society.

UNRECOGNIZED

A brief chronicle of the last 60 years of Bedouin life in the Naqab. How the state of Israel is striving to sedentarize this historically nomadic indigenous population by uprooting them from their culture and community. Through the denial of basic resource allocation, house demolitions, land appropriation and strategic exposure to industrial pollution, the Bedouin of the Naqab are subject to myriad social and environmental injustices that most minority populations face within Apartheid Israel and Occupied Palestine.

The Art of Love and Struggle

In this film, artists, singers, emcees, activists, poets and writers come together in an explosive exploration of feminine creation. Each lady brings to the screen her innermost struggles in an attempt to outline the obstacles that face the female artist.

“The Art of Love and Struggle” navigates the challenges of poverty, politics and personal sacrifice and explores love, identity and urban culture.  Visit the filmmaker’s website.  Reviews “I loved the film. I was extremely impressed, and it exceeded my already high expectations. I loved the message, the passion, and the desire to change the current human perspective. I would definitely recommend it to friends and family, and would never limit it to only hip-hop fans. The message speaks to everyone.” – David Applebaum

“Despite identifying with the voice of independence, empowerment and social justice hip hop provides, women artists are largely invisible to wider audiences. This documentary film by New York filmmaker Jessica Habie provides a format for 14 women to tell their personal stories about the obstacles and struggles to be acknowledged as hip hop artists…The personal diaries and extended interviews with these women are fascinating…listening to these voices and seeing the work of these women provides a new perspective and awareness about what’s going on in this influential culture.” – Linda Frederikson, WSU, Vancouver, WA, Educational Media Reviews Online