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The Attack

The Attack

2012 / Lebanon, France, Qatar, Belgium / 81 min / N-16
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Director(s) - Ziad Doueiri
Screenwriter(s) - Ziad Doueiri, Yasmina Khadra, Joelle Touma
Actors - Ali Suliman, Reymonde Amsellem, Evgenia Dodina, Karim Saleh
Producer(s) - Jean Bréhat, Rachid Bouchareb, Muriel Merlin
Cinematographer - Tommaso Fiorilli
Editor(s) - Dominique Marcombe, Ziad Doueiri
Composer(s) - Eric Neveux
Sales agent - WILD BUNCH
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Dialogues - Hebrew, Arabic
Subtitles - Lithuanian, English

When a suicide bomber strikes at a Tel Aviv café, Dr. Amin Jaafari, a Palestinian citizen of Israel and a highly respected surgeon, treats the wounded victims of the blast at a nearby hospital – at least those who will let him, as some refuse to be attended to by a Palestinian. Jaafari is not unaccustomed to such affronts, but this dreadful day has a far ruder shock in store. Late that night, Jaafari is called back to the hospital to identify the body of the bomber: his wife.

In an instant, Jaafari’s comfortable life is shattered. Grief-stricken, wracked by guilt and tormented by his own incomprehension, the doctor embarks on a desperate journey to understand his wife’s motivations for her terrible act. Retracing his wife’s recent trip to the occupied West Bank, where she had claimed to be visiting relatives, Jaafari goes in search of the people who recruited her, a voyage fraught with danger and surprises. What begins as an investigation, however, gradually evolves into a painful and revealing self-reckoning, as Jaafari is forced to confront the sum of his own life’s choices and the shaky foundations of his overlapping identities: as a Palestinian, an Israeli citizen, a doctor, and a husband.

About Directors

Ziad Doueiri (b. 1963 in Lebanon).


"West Beirut" (1998), "Lila Says" (2004), "The Attack" (2012, "Kino pavasaris").