The 700-seat Ramallah Cultural Palace, on whose premises is the grave of Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, was overcrowded on September 9. Over 850 people packed the cinema hall to watch Najwa Najjar’s premiere of her second long feature film, “The eyes of the thief”.
The Palestinian filmmaker’s film follows her successful “Pomegranates and Myrrh”, which opened the Dubai Film Festival in 2008 and has racked up a huge number of awards.
The name of the film (in Arabic Ein al haramieh) refers to a rather desolate location on the valley between Nablus and Ramallah.
The location used to witness robberies, which made the British mandatory government build a police station to protect travellers.