WHAT HAPPENED IN THE TENT is officially selected to be screened on the Haifa Independent Film Festival! A Palestinian festival inside the borders of Israel.
For co-director Majd Khalifeh, this nomination is very special. 70 years ago, his grandparents were expelled from Haifa. At the time his grandfather was working at a local cinema. Now, 70 years later, Majd and Roel return to Haifa - through cinema.
The Haifa Independent Film Festival HIFF was born in 2015 with the dream of reviving pre-Nakba’s Haifa as a cultural capital for the arts. With a background of cultural management and activism, film management, and production, we wanted to bring cinematography to Haifa after noticing that Palestinian films and local productions received recognition around the world with little or no Palestinian audience. This was an answer to the reality of political agendas, lack of independent cinema theaters, and a catch 22 situation of Palestinians living in the state of Israel.