ANHAR Award 2020 – Nominations and winner
A selected committee of the members of the ANHAR Network consisting of: Karama Amman, Karama Beirut and the Sudan Independent Film Festival, where the committee awarded the prize to the Palestinian film “200 meters” by Palestinian director Ameen Nayfeh; The film tells the story of Mustafa and his wife Salwa, who are from two Palestinian villages 200 meters apart, but the wall now separates the two villages, which has negatively affected their living conditions and starting to affect their otherwise happy marriage, but the couple does what they can to make it work.
Every night, Mustafa flashes a light from his balcony to wish his children on the other side a goodnight, and they signal him back. One day Mustafa gets a call that every parent dreads, his son has been in an accident. He rushes to the checkpoint where he must agonizingly wait in line only to find out there is a problem with his fingerprints and is denied entry. Desperate, Mustafa resorts to hiring a smuggler to bring him across. His once 200-meter journey becomes a 200-kilometer odyssey joined by other travelers determined to cross.
The nominated films were:
200 Meters : Ameen Nayfeh
Palestine | 96 minutes | 2020 | Fiction
Amussu : Nader Bouhmouche
100 minutes | Morocco | 2019 | Documentary
FATWA : Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud
102 minutes | Tunisia | 2018 | Fiction
Gevar’s Land : Qutaiba Barhamji
80 minutes | France | 2020 | Documentary
We Are from There : Wissam Tanios
82 minutes | Lebanon | 2020 | Documentary