The Translator

Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf
Palestine Cinema Days
November 5, 2021. 20:00

The Translator

Directed by Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf
105 mins, 2020 (France, Switzerland, Syria, Belgium, Qatar, USA)
Arabic and English, with English subtitles

In 2000, Sami was the Arabic-English translator for the Syrian Olympic team in Sydney, Australia. A slip of the tongue forced him to stay in Australia and live in exile as a political refugee. In 2011, when the Syrian revolution starts and his brother is arrested, Sami risks everything to return to Syria to find him.

Rana Kazkaz & Anas Khalaf are Syrian with dual French and American nationalities. They both live in Doha after leaving Damascus due to the Syrian conflict. They have written and directed five short films and are developing several feature films. Their last short, Mare Nostrum, started their careers in festivals with selections in Sundance and Dubai, and over 110 international selections and 36 awards. The Translator is their debut feature film.

Part of Palestine Cinema Days organized by Filmlab:Palestine.