200 Meters

Directed by Ameen Nayfeh
Film Movement
2020
96 Minutes
Palestine, Jordan, Qatar
Arabic, Hebrew, English
Drama, Jewish, Thriller
Not Rated

Mustafa, a Palestinian construction worker, lives 200 meters away from his wife Salwa and their children in villages separated by the Israeli border wall. Though his family are all Israeli citizens, Mustafa refuses to obtain a permit to live with them. Unwilling to succumb to what he believes are unjust laws, he instead uses his work permit to visit daily. However, one day he gets a call every parent dreads: his son has been injured and brought to the hospital. Rushing to cross the Israeli checkpoint, Mustafa is denied on a technicality. Stopping at nothing to reach his child, a 200 meter distance becomes a 200 kilometer odyssey, as the increasingly desperate Mustafa attempts to smuggle himself to the other side of the wall. Featuring a magnetic central performance by Ali Suliman, Ameen Nayfeh’s debut feature film expertly casts "one man’s story as a reflection of a collective experience" (Variety) while maintaining the tender family drama at its core.

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  • "A superb central performance from Ali Suliman as Mustafa is at the heart of this impressive first feature, which persausively captures the grinding indignities of day to day Palestinian life. Ali Suliman gives a terrific, satifyingly layered performance."
    Wendy Ide, Screen Daily
  • "One of the pleasures of anticipating an Ali Suliman performance is knowing he’ll bring depth and complexity to every role. His character in “200 Meters,” a father of three taking huge risks to get to his son in the hospital...gives the movie its heart. ."
    Jay Weissberg, Variety
  • "Ali Suliman excels as the anxious and impatient father in this feverish film that touches on hate and prejudice."
    Frank J. Avella, Awards Daily
  • "Nayfeh's film mixes thriller-like tension with deeply-felt sympathy for his characters, with Suliman delivering a finely-nuanced performance."
    Adam Sweeting, The Arts Desk
  • "Ali Suliman is an incredible screen presence. Beneath his calm demeanour are hidden depths of emotion (frustration, panic, rage and love), which Suliman expertly ekes out as he carries the film forward. Meanwhile, Nayef balances the changing genre styles perfectly so they work solely to service the story."
    Jack Cameron, One Room With a View
  • "Ali Suliman brings a sweet earnestness to Mustafa that cuts through the more stubborn elements of his character. Nayfeh asks us to walk 200m in Mustafa's shoes - it proves to be a much longer and more complex journey than you might think."
    Amber Wilkinson, Eye For Film
  • "A strong lead performance from Ali Suliman brings a compelling touch to this engaging film."
    Liam Macleod, HeyUGuys
  • "The performances throughout are incredibly convincing, and often bring tender and heartwarming moments, as well as ones full of frustration and rage. It’s an impressive feature-length debut from Ameen Nayfeh...."
    Lucy Buglass, JumpCut Online