Tuesday 21.5. / 6.30 pm / Dokukino KIC

Bye Bye Tiberias /

France/Belgium/Palestine/Qatar, 2023, 82'
Director: Lina Soualem · Screenplay: Lina Soualem, Nadine Naous u suradnji s Gladys Joujou· Photography: Frida Marzouk · Editing: Gladys Joujou · Production: Jean-Marie Nizan (Beall Productions), Guillaume Malandrin, Ossama Bawardi, Mohannad Malas, Jacques-Etienne Stein (Coproduction: Altitude100 Production, Philistine Films, Tala Corp., Edmond Production)

Leaving her village to pursue her dream of becoming an actress, Hiam Abbass (Inheritance) left behind her mother, grandmother, and seven sisters. Thirty years later, her daughter and director Lina returns with her on a journey through the vanished places scattered across the memories of four generations of brave Palestinian women. This poetic and intimate film transcends the boundaries of their family home to examine grief, identity, and the energy that drives us to find ourselves. It is a tender yet resilient film about women and the places that shaped them, a film navigating through anxiety and longing to forgiveness and reconciliation. Without hatred, but not without smoldering anger, the film critically examines statelessness and confronts the rupture and trauma of exile. Because how do you find your place – in every sense – when you are banished from your homeland, from your family? The director delicately weaves her own family stories passed down through four generations, foregrounding the healing power of storytelling, while the tragic history of Palestine echoes in the background.

Awards and festivals:

Venice Film Festival – Giornate degli Autori (2023) – world premiere; Toronto Film Festival (2023); BFI London Film Festival (2023) – Grierson Award for Best Documentary; Cinemed (2023) – Ulysse Decipro Award; FIFAM (2023) – Audience Award; Marrakech Film Festival (2023) – Best Film; Festival de cinéma En Ville! (2024) – Best Film; Antenna Documentary Film Festival (2024) – Best Documentary, Audience Award; Dublin International Film Festival (2024) – Best Documentary, ICCL Human Rights Award


Lina Soualem is a French-Palestinian-Algerian director and actress. After studying history and political science at La Sorbonne University, Lina worked as a selector for the International Human Rights Film Festival in Buenos Aires. Her debut feature-length documentary Their Algeria (2020) premiered at Visions du Réel and won over a dozen awards. Lina has acted in three feature films, directed by Hafsia Herzi, Hiama Abbass, and Rayhane. Her second feature-length documentary Bye Bye Tibériade (2023) premiered at Venice Film Festival, and went on to win thirteen awards at prestigious festivals. The film was selected to represent Palestine at the Oscars 2024 and was nominated for Best Documentary at the Film Independent Spirit Awards 2024.