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9 Star Hotel

This film intimately documents the life of Palestinian men living in hiding in the hills surrounding the Israeli city of Modi’in.  With unprecedented access, the film portrays life in the hideout of these young men, focusing on Ahmad (19) and Muhammad (20), as they provide for their families. The harsh conditions of being “illegal” workers and their emerging national consciousness do not take away their vitality, playfulness and youthful dreams. In the face of repeated persecution, arrests and ambush, they create a vibrant world-within-a-world where humor mixes with pain and longing. As the Separation Barrier threatens to cut off their only route into Israel, they become more desperate and fearful of the unknown. When the moment of truth arrives, they find themselves caught off guard and altoghether unprepared.

This film intimately documents the life of Palestinian men living in hiding in the hills surrounding the Israeli city of Modi’in.  With unprecedented access, the film portrays life in the hideout of these young men, focusing on Ahmad (19) and Muhammad (20), as they provide for their families. The harsh conditions of being “illegal” workers and their emerging national consciousness do not take away their vitality, playfulness and youthful dreams. In the face of repeated persecution, arrests and ambush, they create a vibrant world-within-a-world where humor mixes with pain and longing. As the Separation Barrier threatens to cut off their only route into Israel, they become more desperate and fearful of the unknown. When the moment of truth arrives, they find themselves caught off guard and altoghether unprepared.

Director: Ido Haar

Producer: Edna Kowarsky, Elinor Kowarsky

Production Company: Eden Productions

Cinematographer: Ido Haar

Editor: Ido Haar, Era Lapid

Soundtrack Editor: Gil Toren

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Second Authority for Television and Radio, Sundance Institute USA

Distributor: Cinephil World Sales

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: מלון תשעה כוכבים

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