Palestinian Film Receives 9-Minute Ovation at Cannes 2024

At the film's premiere, the audience also chanted 'Free Palestine' and waved Palestinian flags.

  • Publish date: Thursday، 23 May 2024 Last update: Tuesday، 04 June 2024
Palestinian Film Receives 9-Minute Ovation at Cannes 2024

A proud moment for Palestine and the Middle East at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival!

The Palestinian film “To a Land Unknown” received a nine-minute standing ovation after its premiere at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, France. 


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The Doha Film Institute's (DFI) grant supported the film. Palestinian-Danish filmmaker Mahdi Fleifel directs the film which is about a Palestinian refugee in Athens, Greece who gets ripped off by a smuggler and sets out for revenge.

Not only did the cast receive a standing ovation, but the crowd at the theatre also chanted 'Free, Free Palestine!" and other slogans to show support for Palestine.

In the above video, two individuals can be seen in the background waving Palestinian flags to emphasize the pro-Palestinian stance at the premiere. 

After Hollywood star Cate Blanchett represented Palestine on the Cannes red carpet recently, the premiere of 'To the Land Unknown' continued to show support for Palestine at the film festival. 

Image source: @fleifel Instagram page

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