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Ghost Hunting

Raed Andoni
Screening time  
27.02. / Tuesday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 1  
02.03. / Friday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 3  
The figures are quite clear: since 1967, some 750,000 Palestinians have endured a stay in one of Israel’s prisons or interrogation centers – places you really don’t want to go, as filmmaker Raed Andoni makes abundantly clear in his hybrid documentary "Ghost Hunting".

For the film, he cast men who, like himself, have served time in the infamous Moscobiya Prison in West Jerusalem. He then gets them to reconstruct a whole complex from memory, down to the smallest details; it serves as a backdrop for bringing suppressed experiences to the surface. Gruelling, humiliating interrogations and desperate times in chokingly small cells are re-enacted by people who actually experienced them. While one man allows himself to get carried away in the role of ruthless interrogator, another is devastated by the exact reconstruction of a prison cell. Can this really be called a reconstruction, or has the torture of the past started all over again? The distinction between reality and dramatization becomes less and less clear.


Raed Andoni

Raed Andoni, born in Amman, Jordan in 1967, is a Palestinian director and producer who began his career in the film industry in 1997 as an independent producer. He is a co-founder of the production company Dar Films in Ramallah and Les Films de Zayna in Paris. His debut feature-length documentary, award wining Fix Me (2009), screened at Sundance and Cannes Film Festival. Ghost Hunting is his latest film.

General sponsor

Istiyad Ashbah

France, Switzerland, Palestina, Qatar
2017, 94'

Directed by:
Raed Andoni

Screenplay by:
Raed Andoni

Camille Cottagnoud

Edited by:
Gladys Joujou

Palmyre Badinier, Nicolas Wadimoff, Philippe Coeytaux, Raed Andoni

Produced by:
Les Films De Zayna, Dar Films, Akka Films, Doha Film Institute

Festivals & Awards:

Berlin International Film Festival 2017 – Panorama Dokumente Program – Best Documentary Award, 3rd place Audience Award; Arab Film Festival Berlin 2017 – Audience Award; Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival 2017 – Best Documentary Award; Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2017 – Peace Award; Sheffield Doc/Fest 2017; All True Doc International Film Festival 2017; IndieLisboa 2017; Beldocs – Belgrade International Documentary Film Festival 2017; Seattle International Film Festival 2017; Encounters South African International Film Festival 2017; Transilvania International Film Festival 2017; East End Film Festival 2017; Moscow International Film Festival 2017; Prishtina International Film Festival 2017; Toronto Palestine Film Festival 2017