3rd i NY & Alwan Present “Mars At Sunrise” Award-Winning Directors and Actors in Attendance

Mars at Sunrise Poster
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Post Tags: artists, israel, occupation, and palestine. Categories: Discussion and Screening.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor (b/w Broad and Broadway), Lower Manhattan
Admission: Suggested Donation $10, Noone turned away for lack of funds

Jessica Habie’s first feature film “Mars At Sunrise” tells the story of a war waged on imagination. The film abstractly portrays the conflict between artists on either side of Israel’s militarized borders, and explores how a powerful creative mind survives, and even thrives, under pressure.

A film inspired by the life of Hani Zurob “Mars At Sunrise” is a profoundly imaginative and bold meditation on the resilience of the human imagination and the triumph of art. While working as a documentary filmmaker in Palestine, Habie realized that a fresh approach was needed to communicate the Palestinian dilemma. The filmmaker became interested in exploring the relationship between artists and social change and was inspired by the renowned Palestinian artist, Hani Zurob. By including actual stories and testimonies and combining them with an experimental film style, “Mars at Sunrise” is a stark departure from the typical cinema verité narratives about Palestine.
Ali Suliman as Khaled
Paradise Now (Golden Globe Winner for Best Foreign Film 2005), The Lemon Tree (2008), Pomegranates and Myrrh (2008), The Attack (2012)
Guy El Hanan as Eyal
Guy is a recent graduate of the Jaque Le Coq acting school in Paris France, an Israeli radio personality and an accomplished playwright.
Haale Gafori as Azzadeh
Haale is a musican from Brooklyn New York and the author of the original poetry featured in Mars At Sunrise.
Jessica Habie is a director, NYU Tisch graduate and founder of Eyes Infinite Films. In 2003, she released Another World is Happening and The Art of Love and Struggle. The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival awarded Jessica Best Documentary Short for Mandatory Service, which shows “the perspective of war and conflict from the participants themselves.”
With her doucumentary projects “Art and Apathy” and “Beyond Blue and Gray”, produced with her creative partner Nirah Shirazipour, Eyes Infinite Films was awarded prizes at the Cannes Short Film Corner, the Berlinale Talent Campus, and the Moondance Film Festival. The films screened at several films festivals, universites, and community centers around the world helping to shine light on a few of the many untold narratives from the Israeli Palestinian Conflict.
In 2009 Jessica Habie began writing her first narrative film Mars at Sunrise which was produced in Nazareth in 2011. The film stars golden globe winning actor Ali Suliman and introduces Guy El Hanan. The film also features original poetry by Haale Gafori and a soundtrack in six languages (English, Hebrew, Russian, Yiddish, Farsi and Arabic) produced by Tamir Muskat of the Balkan Beat Box, and featuring original music by Itamar Ziegler and Mohsen Subhi.
The film opens February 7, 2014 at Quad Cinemas in New York City. Proceeds for the film will go to the newly created Fajr Falestine Film Fund and will support the production of experimental and otherwise genre defiant works of cinema from the Palestinian Diaspora.
Produced by Eyes Infinite Films and Majdal Films
Produced by Baher Agbariya,Thirst (Attash) 2004, Last Days in Jerusalem (2011), Man Without a Cell Phone (2010)
Produced by Nirah ShirazipourEyes Infinite Films
Edited by Luis Carballar,Amores Perros (2000), Manorca (2008), Sin Nombre (2009), The Devil’ s Double (2011), Immigrant (2012)
Edited by ErezOs
Sound Design by Martin Herndandez,Amores Perros (2000), Babel (2006) Into the Wild (2007), The Loneliest Planet (2011) On the Road (2012)
Soundtrack by Tamir Muskat of the Balkan Beat Box.
Cinematography by Xavier Cullineras


About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.


3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor


Alwan’s music and film program are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

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