Annemarie Jacir

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Annemarie Jacir 2012 at the 43rd International Film Festival of India

Annemarie Jacir ( Arabic آن ماري جاسر, Born January 17, 1974 in Bethlehem ) is a Palestinian- American filmmaker . She became internationally known with her feature film The Salt of the Sea .


Annemarie Jacir comes from one of the oldest Christian families in Bethlehem. She grew up there and in Riyadh . When she was 16, her parents sent her to the United States to attend a private school in Dallas . She then went to college in California. She worked in the Los Angeles film industry before completing a master's degree in film at Columbia University in New York . She began her film career as an editor and camerawoman . After graduating, she returned to Palestine , commuting between Ramallah and New York . After she was denied entry to the West Bank in November 2007 , she lived for some time in Amman , Jordan . In order to be able to settle in Israel , she took on the US citizenship. She lives in Haifa with her husband and child . Together with her sister, the artist Emily Jacir , she opened a cultural center, the "Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research", in the restored house in Bethlehem built by her grandfather in 1890. In addition to her film work, Annemarie Jacir writes poems, which u. a. in the anthology The Poetry of Arab Women. A Contemporary Anthology .



Jacir works in the field of independent film and has worked as a screenwriter, director or producer on over 16 films. She made short and documentary films as well as three feature films up to 2017 that were submitted as official Palestinian entries for the Oscar in the category “ Best Foreign Film ”, but were not shortlisted. She belongs to the cosmopolitan generation of Arab filmmakers who were born since the 1960s and trained in Europe or the USA. Jacir's films deal from a transnational perspective with Palestinian identity against the background of the “ Nakba ” and with the search for cultural roots.

In 1997 she co-founded Philistine Films , a production company in the independent Arab film scene, which produced her short film Like Twenty Impossibles in 2003 . The 17-minute film is staged like a documentary. He follows a film crew from the West Bank to Jerusalem . The title quotes a line from the poem Here we shall stay by the poet Tawfiq Ziad . It was the first Arab film to be selected at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Student Academy Awards . He has won several prizes at international film festivals such as the Palm Springs International ShortFest , the Chicago International Film Festival , the Institute Du Monde Arabe Biennale and the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival .

In 2004 Jacir was on the list of "25 new faces in indie cinema" by American magazine Filmmaker .

She was the first Palestinian director to make a full-length feature film: The Salt of the Sea tells the story of an American woman with Palestinian roots who was born in Brooklyn and who travels through the land of her ancestors for the first time. Jacir was awarded for Best Screenplay at the Dubai International Film Festival. At the award ceremony, she passed the prize on to the Iraqi TV journalist Muntaser al-Saidi , who had recently thrown his shoes at then US President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad as a symbol of protest .

Jacir's feature film Lamma shoftak (English: “When I Saw You”) from 2012 depicts the life of a twelve-year-old boy and his mother after the Six Day War of 1967 in the Jordanian refugee camp in Harir. In addition to other awards, he received the NETPAC Prize at the 2013 Berlinale .

In her third feature film from 2017, a father goes on a long drive through Nazareth with his son who has emigrated to Italy , in order to personally deliver hundreds of invitations to the daughter's wedding, according to a Palestinian tradition - they are called "Wajib". Jacir was inspired for this film by her husband's "Wajib". With her autobiographical tale, she addresses “like a parable the crux of those clan-like extended families that can be found among Muslims as well as in the Arab Christian culture from which she comes”, so the criticism in epd Film . The film, also described as a comedy and chamber play-like road movie, was shown in competition at the Locarno Film Festival and won a. a. the “Don Quixote Prize” of the film club .

Jacir's work is compared with the films by Iranian directors of the same age: characteristic is the seemingly casual, in reality well thought-out camera work, natural acting performances and a tendency towards drama.

In 2018 Jacir was a member of the jury for the Un Certain Regard series in Cannes.

In 2020 she was appointed to the competition jury of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival .

Festival curator and lecturer

To promote Palestinian cinema, they founded the film festival “Dreams Of A Nation” together with Hamid Dabashi , of which she was curator in 2003 and 2004. She has taught film work at the Universities of Columbia , Bethlehem and Birzeit as well as in refugee camps in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan.


Feature films

  • Wajib (2017), screenplay and director
  • Lamma shoftak - When I Saw You (2012), screenplay and director
  • The Salt of the Sea (2008), screenplay, direction and production

Short films

  • An Explanation - And Then Burn the Ashes (2006)
  • Quelques miettes pour les oiseaux (2005)
  • Like Twenty Impossibles (2003)
  • The Satellite Shooters (2001)
  • A Post Oslo History (2001)

Web links

Commons : Annemarie Jacir  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual proof

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  2. Christian Walther: Why some celebrate and others remember , SFR, May 15, 2018
  3. ^ Awad Hamad: Inaugural Exhibition of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research in Bethlehem. Report on the website of the independent Qattan Foundation, July 9, 2019
  4. ^ Fayeq Oweis: Annemarie Jacir , in: Encyclopedia of Arab American Artists . Greenwodd Publishing, London 2007, ISBN 978-0-313-33730-7 , p. 165
  5. Annemarie Jacir will receive the 17th Human Rights Film Festival Award. In: Human Rights Film Festival Donostia / San Sebastian. April 12, 2019, accessed September 25, 2019 .
  6. ^ Roy Armes: New Voices in Arab Cinema , Indiana University Press, 2015, ISBN 978-0-253-01528-0 , pp. 20-21
  7. Filmmaker / Screenwriter Annemarie Jacir '02, Coumbia Film Alum, To Receive Andrew Sarris Award At Columbia University Film Festival. In: Columbia University School Of Arts. Columbia University, April 21, 2016, accessed October 18, 2019 .
  8. Anna Ball: Palestinian Literature and Film in Postcolonial Feminist Perspective , Routledge, London 2012, ISBN 978-1-138-10953-7 , p. 122
  9. Barbara McGuire, Jill Feiwell, Barbara McGuire, Jill Feiwell: Acad unveils 28 student kudos finalists. In: Variety. May 8, 2003, accessed October 2, 2019 .
  10. 25 New Faces Of Indie Film 2004. In: Filmmaker Magazine. IFP (Independent Filmmaker Project), accessed September 26, 2019 .
  11. ^ Ian Mundell: 'Salt' to be Palestinian Oscar entry. In: Variety. Variety Media, LLC, September 22, 2008, accessed October 1, 2019 .
  12. Dubai Film Festival. Baghdad shoe thrower wins script award , Spiegel Online Kultur, December 18, 2008
  13. Extra prizes at the 63rd Berlinale. In: Welt Online. Axel Springer SE, February 16, 2013, accessed on October 18, 2019 .
  14. ^ Ed Meza: 'When I Saw You' to be Palestinian Oscar entry. In: Variety. Variety Media, LLC, September 6, 2012, accessed October 18, 2019 .
  15. Geri Krebs: "Wajib" - Wedding with Obstacles , NZZ, March 7, 2018
  16. Leigh Singer: “Laughing is a way to resist”: Annemarie Jacir on her father-son wedding drama Wajib. In: BFI. British Film Institute, January 7, 2019, accessed October 21, 2019 .
  17. Manfred Riepe: Critique of Wajib , epd, 23 August 2019
  18. “Nazareth is a Violent City… But It's also Hilarious”: Director Annemarie Jacir on Wajib , Filmmaler Magazine, September 13, 2017
  19. ^ Palestinian director and writer Annemarie Jacir is also among the four additional jurors for the official sidebar. The Hollywood Reporter, May 7, 2018
  20. Berlinale 2020: International Jury . In:, February 4, 2020 (accessed February 4, 2020).
  21. ^ "I Wanted That Story to Be Told" , Interview with Annemarie Jacir, in: Alif. Journal of Comparative Poetics , No. 31/2011, The Other Americas , pp. 241-254 ( preview )
  22. Hamid Dabashi: About Dreams of a Nation. In: The Center for Palestine Studies. Retrieved October 2, 2019 .
  23. Carol Fadda-Conrey: Contemporary Arab-American Literature: Transnational Reconfigurations of Citizenship and Belonging . NYU Press, 2014, ISBN 978-1-4798-2692-6 ( [accessed October 2, 2019]).