Yadon ilaheyya / Divine Intervention

TitleYadon ilaheyya / Divine Intervention
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsSuleiman, Elia
Running Time92 minutes
Date Released05/19/2002
DistributorPyramide Distribution
Publication LanguageArabic, Hebrew, English

In this nearly silent black comedy, director Elia Suleiman imagines the fantastical and absurd as a response to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Santa Claus tries to outrun a gang of knife-wielding youth. It's one of several vignettes of Palestinian life in Israel - in a neighborhood in Nazareth and at Al-Ram checkpoint in East Jerusalem. Most of the stories are droll, some absurd, one is mythic and fanciful; few words are spoken. A man who goes through his mail methodically each morning has a heart attack. His son visits him in hospital. The son regularly meets a woman at Al-Ram; they sit in a car, hands caressing. Once, she defies Israeli guards at the checkpoint; later, Ninja-like, she takes on soldiers at a target range. A red balloon floats free overhead. Neighbors toss garbage over walls. Life goes on until it doesn't.

Alternate TitleYadon ilaheyya
Original Publicationيد إلهية‎‎ (yd 'iilahia)
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