[Screening] Bye Bye Tiberias (Lina Soualem, 2023)
Fri, Jul 19, 7:45 pm - 11:00 pm


Doors at 7:45. screening at 8:00
$5 – $10 sliding scale
(for $5 tickets, use code TIBERIAS at checkout)

We are thrilled to be hosting this screening of Lina Soualem’s personal documentary, Bye Bye Tiberias, hosted by Bushel’s Land With a People study group.

“Unlike other Palestinian narratives, which focus on the broad diaspora, the Gaza Strip or the occupied West Bank, BYE BYE TIBERIAS documents a family displaced by the 1948 Arab-Israeli war from one city to another within modern-day Israel, where they retained citizenship but lived in a Palestinian village largely segregated from Jewish Israeli life.” —Aurora Sentinel

“Created by a female filmmaker about the women in her family, BYE BYE TIBERIAS makes no bones about its quiet celebration and gratitude for women’s strength… Soualem’s documentary puts a human lens on what can be soulless and cold headlines about the Israel-Palestine conflict.” —Media Diversity

In her early twenties, Hiam Abbass (Emmy-nominated for Succession) left her native Palestinian village to follow her dream of becoming an actress in Europe, leaving behind her mother, grandmother, and seven sisters. Thirty years later, her filmmaker daughter Lina returns with her to the village and questions for the first time her mother’s bold choices, her chosen exile and the way the women in their family influenced both their lives. Set between past and present, BYE BYE TIBERIAS pieces together images of today, family footage from the nineties and historical archives to portray four generations of daring Palestinian women who keep their story and legacy alive through the strength of their bonds, despite exile, dispossession, and heartbreak.

Palestine’s entry for Best International Feature in the 2024 Academy Awards, this second feature from Lina Soualem premiered at Venice, won the Grierson Award at the BFI London Film Festival, had its North American Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and won the shared jury prize at the Marrakech International Film Festival. An important film that beautifully portrays the complexity of Arab women’s lives.

Lina Soualem
is a French-Palestinian-Algerian filmmaker and actress, born and based in Paris. After studying History and Political Science at La Sorbonne University, Soualem worked as a programmer for the International Human Rights Film Festival in Buenos Aires. Soualem’s debut feature documentary Their Algeria premiered in Visions du Réel International Film Festival 2020, and received the First Film Award in CINEMED Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Film, the Best Arab Documentary Award in El Gouna Film Festival and the Best Documentary Award at Cinemania Film Festival 2021, among a dozen other awards. Lina Soualem also acted in three feature films directed by Hafsia Herzi, Hiam Abbass and Rayhana. She currently works as an author on fiction, documentaries and TV series.

Thanks to Women Make Movies for making this film available for community screenings