Dar al-Kalima grad receives award at Cannes Film Festival!


Dar al Kalima graduate, Wisam Al Jafari receives 3rd prize at Cannes International Film Festival!

The first Dar al-Kalima University of Arts graduate to be represented at this prestigious international films festival received a Cinéfondation prize, an award for emerging filmmakers for his film, Ambience. His film takes the unique approach of representing life in a Palestinian refugee camp through its sounds. Anne Marie Jacir, perhaps Palestine’s most internationally recognized filmmakers said this about Al Jafari’s nomination:

The selection of Wisam Aljafari’s film Ambience to Festival de Cannes has put me over the moon on a personal level. Not only because of the joy knowing that the cast and crew will celebrate this moment for the rest of their lives. Not only because Wisam comes from my little town of Bethlehem Not only because he grew up in the #Deheisha Refugee Camp, a place very dear and near to me where I spent three years. And not only because exactly fifteen years ago my own short film was also selected to Cannes in the same section and it changed my whole life and launched my career.
But also because this moment is historic.

Every year Cinéfondation selects films from accredited film schools all over the world . My film was the first short film from the Arab world to be in Cannes but I also went representing Columbia University, incidentally also a first for them. But this year, for the first time ever, a Palestinian school is being represented. Dar Al Kalima College. Something which did not even exist a few years ago. Dar al Kalima has managed to mentor, offer support, and help countless new and talented Palestinian filmmakers realize their dreams. Thanks to the amazing and tireless work of people like Saed Andoni, Majdi El-Omari, Mitri Raheb, Rehab Nazzal, and so many others… PALESTINE IS IN CANNES!

Join us in congratulating Wisam, and our colleagues at Dar al-Kalima University! What tremendous news to celebrate during Bright Stars of Bethlehem’s 15th Anniversary!

View our announcement video HERE.

View the film trailer HERE.