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Ghost Hunting

Ghost Hunting

A Feature film by Raed Andoni

Production year : 2017

    Synopsis

    Director Raed Andoni places a newspaper advertisement in Ramallah. He is looking for former inmates of the Moskobiya interrogation centre in Jerusalem. In his ad he asks that the men should also have experience as craftsmen, architects or actors. After a casting process that almost feels like role play, he arranges for a replica of the centre's interrogation rooms and cells to be built to scale inside a hall - under close supervision from the former inmates and based on their memories. In this realistic setting the men subsequently re-enact their interrogations, discuss details about the prison, and express the humiliation they experienced during their detention. Using techniques that are reminiscent of the so-called 'theatre of the oppressed' they work together to dramatise their real-life experiences. Their reconstruction brings long repressed emotions and undealt with trauma to the fore. Working on the film takes its toll on the men - both physically and mentally. The director also appears in front of the camera; not only is he creating a stage for his protagonists, he is also coming to terms with his own fragmented memories of imprisonment in Moskobiya thirty years previously.

    Production and distribution (3)

    Co-productions :

    Les Films de Zayna, Arte France

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    UDI - Urban Distribution International

    Foreign production companies :

    Akka Films, Dar Films

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    Full credits (3)

    Screenwriter :

    Raed Andoni

    Co-producer :

    Palmyre Badinier

    Foreign producers :

    Nicolas Wadimoff, Raed Andoni

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction, Documentary

    Production language :

    Arabic

    Coproducer countries :

    Lebanon, France, Qatar, Switzerland, Palestine

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Production year :

    2017

    French release :

    Runtime :

    1 h 34 min

    Current status :

    Approval :

    Color type :

    Color