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Women of Hamas

Hamas’ takeover of Gaza turned it into one of the most controversial organizations in the world today. While the most prominent members of the group are men, most of its field work is carried out by cadres of women supporters. These women of Hamas are the most powerful women in the Palestinian territories. Some serve as leaders of the movement, whether as elected representatives in the Palestinian parliament or as ministers in the Hamas government. Others are recognized for their social welfare activities on behalf of children and especially women and for being the mothers of suicide bombers. Suha Arraf obtained unprecedented access to three women who are active members of the organization in Gaza; shining a light on the work of those who spend their life in the shadows.

Festivals and Awards:

Primed Grand Prix, France, 2010; Best Film - Salina Doc Fest, Sicily, Italy, 2010; Best Documentary - Birds Eye View, London, UK, 2010; Haifa International Film Festival, 2010; IDFA, Amsterdam, 2010; Geneva FIFDH, 2010; London International Documentary Film Festival, 2010

Director: Suha Arraf

Producer: Suha Arraf, Philippa Kowarski

Production Company: Belssan Productions and Cinephil

Cinematographer: Anes Richan

Editor: Oron Adar

Original Soundtrack: Chabib Chana Shhada

Supporter(s): New Fund for Cinema and Television, SWR Channel Germany

Script: Suha Arraf

Distributor: Cinephil

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: נשות החמאס

Hamas’ takeover of Gaza turned it into one of the most controversial organizations in the world today. While the most prominent members of the group are men, most of its field work is carried out by cadres of women supporters. These women of Hamas are the most powerful women in the Palestinian territories. Some serve as leaders of the movement, whether as elected representatives in the Palestinian parliament or as ministers in the Hamas government. Others are recognized for their social welfare activities on behalf of children and especially women and for being the mothers of suicide bombers. Suha Arraf obtained unprecedented access to three women who are active members of the organization in Gaza; shining a light on the work of those who spend their life in the shadows.

Festivals and Awards:

Primed Grand Prix, France, 2010; Best Film - Salina Doc Fest, Sicily, Italy, 2010; Best Documentary - Birds Eye View, London, UK, 2010; Haifa International Film Festival, 2010; IDFA, Amsterdam, 2010; Geneva FIFDH, 2010; London International Documentary Film Festival, 2010

Director: Suha Arraf

Producer: Suha Arraf, Philippa Kowarski

Production Company: Belssan Productions and Cinephil

Cinematographer: Anes Richan

Editor: Oron Adar

Original Soundtrack: Chabib Chana Shhada

Supporter(s): New Fund for Cinema and Television, SWR Channel Germany

Script: Suha Arraf

Distributor: Cinephil

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: נשות החמאס

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