FILM: “Welcome to Hebron” by Terje Carlsson Feb10 February 11, 2010

Welcome to Hebron

The documentary Welcome to Hebron was filmed during more than three years on location in Hebron, West Bank. 17-year old Leila Sarsour is the main character of the film. Leila is a student at the Al-Qurtuba-school, a Palestinian girlschool surrounded by Israeli military installations and settlements.

The film shows how the occupation affects everyday life in Palestine. Leila is a Moslem girl, but she does not fit the widespread western stereotype, characterizing Arab women as weak and victimized. Leila is strong, intelligent, outspoken and have her own idea of a daily life free from oppression and violence. Leila and her classmates are regularly attacked and harassed by Israeli soldiers and settlers.
In this film Leila is chatting on MSN, discussing Jimi Hendrix with her mother and sharing her vision of a middle east of coexistence and peace.

Please watch trailer of the film:


Pressbild VĂ€lkommen till Hebron - Terje CarlssonFilmmaker Terje Carlsson is a freelance journalist based for many years in Jerusalem, working mostly for Swedish National Radio and Television. This is his first full-length documentary and it was broadcasted on Swedish TV (SVT) in February 2008. NHK Japan broadcasted the film in May 2009.

Stockholm Film Festival wrote the following about the film at the world premiere:
“Never afraid of getting in close with his handheld camera, director Terje Carlsson is a clever observer, not shying away from controversy, instead letting the situations play themselves out without interruption.”

Terje Carlsson
+46 739 86 16 22

Trailer & further information

For worldwide distribution and sales, please contact Mercury Media, London.

Terra di Tutti Film Festival, Bologna, Italy, 2008 – The audience favourite choice.
Festival International du Cinema Mediterraneen, Morocco, 2009 – Jurys special mentioning. International Festival of young filmmakers, Hungary, 2009 – Women in Focus Special Prize.

Country of Production: Sweden, 2008.
Producer: Terje Carlsson
Cinematography: Terje Carlsson
Editing: Josef Nyberg
Sound: Ola Eliasson
Music: Terje Carlsson
Assistant: Christine Chamoun

Leila Sarsour
Yehuda Shaul
Feryal Abu Haikal

Running time: 55 minutes
Language: English, Arabic, Hebrew, Swedish
Subtitles: Available with English, French, Italian or Swedish subs.

Production company Ekedalen Produktion
Co-producer SVT/Björn O Henriksson
Film I VĂ€rmland/Carina Ekman

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