Smile, And The World Will Smile Back

Family al-Haddad, Yoav Gross, Ehab Tarabieh
Screening time  
23.02. / Monday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 1  
One intrusion by Israeli militia. One father and his four children. This video is testimony to a war that is still going on even when western media remains silent.

Hebron, the West Bank. Here the Israeli militia may carry out searches of Palestinian houses. Without a warrant. By law. The people are not entitled to know the reasons behind such intrusions, but they are allowed to film the proceedings. One night. One intrusion. One father and his four children. This video is testimony to a war that is still going on even when western media remains silent. Produced by B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, which has been providing families with video cameras since 2007 so that they can document the daily intrusions into their private lives.


Family al-Haddad

Al-Haddad Family – a Palestinian family from Hebron, West Bank. The father, Abdelkarim, and his two sons Diaa and Ahmad, work as shoemakers, while Shatha is a medical secretary. They are filming human rights violations in Hebron as part of B'Tselem Camera Project since 2008.


Yoav Gross

Yoav Gross studied film in Tel Aviv University and has worked as a documentary filmmaker and video activist ever since. In 2011, his short film Susya was screened in many film festivals worldwide.  Ehab Tarabieh graduated from the Sam Spiegel Film & TV School, Jerusalem in 2012. In 2012, his short film The Forgotten was screened in numerous film festivals worldwide. In 2014 they co-directed Smile, and the World Will Smile Back.


Ehab Tarabieh

Ehab Tarabieh was born in 1982 in Majdal Shams, a small village in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights. Growing up under Israeli military occupation, Tarabieh was politically active at very young age. He studied classical violin at the Conservatory for Classical Music in Damascus before relocating to the Czech Republic to study film. After graduating, he made several award-winning short films that documented life under occupation in Palestine. His short film The Forgotten won the Best Short Film Award at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in 2012. Award winning short documentary Smile, and the World Will Smile Back (2014) was screened in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival and 2015 ZagrebDox. Of Land and Bread (2019) is his feature debut.

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Im Tekhayekh, Ha'Olam Yekhayekh Elekha

Israel, Palestina
2014, 20', DCP

Directed by:
Family al-Haddad, Yoav Gross, Ehab Tarabieh

Diaa al-Haddad, Shada al-Haddad, Abdelkarim al-Haddad, Ahmad al-Haddad

Edited by:
Ehab Tarabieh, Yoav Gross

Yoav Gross, Ehab Tarabieh

Produced by:

Festivals & Awards:

Milano Film Festival 2014 – Best Short Film, Special Mention; Mediterranean Film Festival Split 2014 – Special Award; Berlin International Film Festival  2014; Hot Docs 2014; Jerusalem Film Festival 2014; Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival 2014; Gdansk DocFilm Festival 2014; MEDFILM Festival Rome 2014; Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival 2014; Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2014; Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival 2014; Toronto Palestine Film Festival 2014; London Palestine Film Festival 2014; International Film Festival WATCH DOCS 2014