• Director

    Lina Soualem

  • With

    Hiam Abbass

  • France-Palestine-Belgium-Qatar 2023. 82min

  • Digital

  • Certificate

    TBC

  • English subtitles

  • A TAPE Collective release

Hiam Abbass, the star of Succession and films ranging from Lemon Tree to Blade Runner 2049, undertakes a journey back to her native Palestinian village in her daughter Lina Soualem’s tender and award-winning documentary. In her early twenties, Hiam Abbass left Palestine for Europe in order to follow her dreams of becoming an actor. She left behind her mother, grandmother and seven sisters. Some 30 years later, Soualem employs archival footage, photographs and poetry to excavate her family’s history and four generations of women who each had to make difficult decisions regarding their future. The result, as Hiam and Lina reconnect with their homeland, is a moving story of motherhood, fractured identity and lost homes, made with warmth and humour. It’s essential and deeply affecting for anyone who has ever wished to understand their mother better.

Kimberley Sheehan, Film and Events Programmer

The screenings on Saturday 29 June 12:20 NFT3, Tuesday 2 July 18:20 NFT3 and Wednesday 3 July 12:30 NFT4 will be presented with additional descriptive subtitles of non-dialogue audio.

The screening of Bye Bye Tiberias on Friday 28 June 18:00 NFT2 will be followed by a Q&A.

See our Refugee Week focus.