Chicago Palestine Film Festival - Encore: BYE BYE TIBERIAS


THEATER 1 Sun, Apr 28 3:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2023
Production Country:Palestine
Original Language:Arabic
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Lina Soualem
Cast:Hiam Abbass
Lina Soualem


Thirty years ago, Palestinian actress Hiam Abbass (known for Succession as well as films like LEMON TREE and PARADISE NOW) left her village in Galilee to follow her dreams of acting in France. In this poignant portrait, both deeply personal and inescapably political, filmmaker Lina Soualem—who is also Abbas’ daughter—traces the story of her mother, her mother’s mother, and their extended family, all of whose lives have been defined by separation, exile, and displacement. Interwoven with nostalgic home video recordings and archival footage of Palestinian life through the decades, BYE BYE TIBERIAS is a memoir about the burden of leaving, the endurance of memory, and the determination to forge one’s own destinies and identities. Selected as the Palestinian entry for the Best International Feature for the 96th Academy Awards. Preceded by JAMILA (2023, dir. Julia Freij, 15 min.) and AN ORANGE FROM JAFFA (2023, dir. Mohammed Alughanni, 27 min.).