Lina Soualem
Bye bye Tiberias
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Bye bye Tiberias

Bye bye Tiberias

Lina Soualem

82 min.
France, Palestinian Territories, Belgium and Qatar
French and Arabic
Subtitles: Catalan and English

Filmmaker Lina Soualem travels back in time and place to capture the stories passed on by four generations of Palestinian women in her family


Lina Soualem
Beall Productions

In her early twenties, Hiam Abbass left her native Palestinian village to follow her dream of becoming an actress in Europe, leaving behind her mother, grandmother, and seven sisters. Thirty years later, her filmmaker daughter Lina returns with her to the village and questions for the first time her mother’s choices, her chosen exile and the way the women in their family influenced both their lives. Set between past and present, Bye Bye Tiberias pieces together images of today, family footage from the nineties and historical archives to portray four generations of Palestinian women who keep their story and legacy alive through the strength of their bonds, despite exile, dispossession, and heartbreak.

About the direction
Lina Soualem

Lina Soualem

Filmmaker and actress

French-Palestinian-Algerian filmmaker and actress based in Paris. History and Political Science grad...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

Toronto Film Festival
Edició 2023
Venice Film Festival
Edició 2023
BFI London Film Festival
Edició 2023
Marrakech Film Festival
Edició 2023
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Edició 2023
HUMAN International Documentary Festival
Edició 2024

Awards and festivals

Grierson Award in Documentary Competition - BFI London Film Festival
UK, 2023
Audience Award - Festival International du Film d’Amiens
França, 2023
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