Emil Habibi: “I stayed in Haifa”

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Emil Habibi: “I stayed in Haifa”

Emile  Habibi was a political leader, a member of Knesset for the Israeli  Communist Party, and an outstanding figure in modern Arabic literature.  In the last weeks of his life, he set off on an introspective journey  into his past and his own self. This film traces the inner conflicts  posed by the duality that composed his life: He was a man of literature  and a politician; he was an Israeli Arab, who remained loyal to his own  people, the Palestinians. He had a passion for the city of Haifa, where  he was born, and for its sun and sea, which offered refuge from the  political turmoil that beset him. Presented from his own perspective,  these diverse elements sketch a portrait of Emile Habibi, the man.

Festivals and Awards:

Outstanding Documentary Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 1997; International Forum of Young Cinema at the Berlin International Film Festival, Germany, 1997; Special Mention at the Amiens International Film Festival, France, 1997

Director: Dalia Karpel

Producer: Marek Rozenbaum, Dalia Karpel

Production Company: Transfax Film Productions Ltd.

Cinematographer: Noam Tayech

Editor: Anat Lubarsky

Original Soundtrack: Eldad Lidor

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Israeli Council for Culture and Arts

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: אמיל חביבי: "נשארתי בחיפה"

Emile  Habibi was a political leader, a member of Knesset for the Israeli  Communist Party, and an outstanding figure in modern Arabic literature.  In the last weeks of his life, he set off on an introspective journey  into his past and his own self. This film traces the inner conflicts  posed by the duality that composed his life: He was a man of literature  and a politician; he was an Israeli Arab, who remained loyal to his own  people, the Palestinians. He had a passion for the city of Haifa, where  he was born, and for its sun and sea, which offered refuge from the  political turmoil that beset him. Presented from his own perspective,  these diverse elements sketch a portrait of Emile Habibi, the man.

Festivals and Awards:

Outstanding Documentary Award at the Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 1997; International Forum of Young Cinema at the Berlin International Film Festival, Germany, 1997; Special Mention at the Amiens International Film Festival, France, 1997

Director: Dalia Karpel

Producer: Marek Rozenbaum, Dalia Karpel

Production Company: Transfax Film Productions Ltd.

Cinematographer: Noam Tayech

Editor: Anat Lubarsky

Original Soundtrack: Eldad Lidor

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Israeli Council for Culture and Arts

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: אמיל חביבי: "נשארתי בחיפה"

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