Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


Thematic programmes - Breaking the Bars: Culture as freedom and resistance inside prisons

Festivals and Awards:

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2007

The Roof

A film by Kamal Aljafari

The Roof is a very strong and personal documentary directed by the Palestinian filmmaker Kamal Aljafari, who lives in Germany and returns back to his homeland to see the present life of his closest and further family. He then talks with them about the past and leaves a question mark for the future.

The filmmaker shares everyday life with his parents and sisters in Ramle where he was born and where his father’s family comes from.

We learn the daily history together with the history of the Palestinians from Jaffa from the grandmothers’ memories about 1948. The film’s beginning and its end are framed by dialogues with another Palestinian friend with an Israeli passport - a young lady working in Jerusalem who wants to become a judge.
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  • 63' AR, Subtitles: EN

Festivals and Awards:

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2007


Centro Cultural Olga Cadaval Acácio Barreiros Auditorium

With Malak Mattar, Kamal Aljafari, Elia Suleiman and Yasmine Hamdan


Kamal Aljafari

Kamal Aljafari is a Palestinian filmmaker and artist. His work has been shown worldwide at film festivals such as the Berlinale, Locarno, Viennale and Rotterdam and museums such as the MoMA and Tate Modern.

He attended the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and now lives in Berlin, Germany. In 2009, he was a featured artist at the 2009 Robert Flaherty Film seminar in New York. Through 2009-2010 he was the Benjamin White Whitney Fellow at Harvard University. He taught filmmaking at The New School in New York. 2011-2013, Kamal Aljafari was a senior lecturer at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin. He was also a Film Study Center-Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. In 2021 he was a jury member for the Leopard of tomorrow section of the 74th Locarno Film Festival and a jury member for the Burning Lights Competition of Visions du Réel, Nyon. In 2021 Olhar de Cinema – Curitiba International Film Festival in Brazil devoted its Focus Section to his work.
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