U.S./U.K., 2020, 89 min, Dir. David Osit, Not Rated, English & Arabic with English subtitles, Film Movement
"The best new film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a dark comedy about Ramallah’s Mayor... offers a striking new perspective on that struggle, with a personal on-the-ground quality matched by grand tonal ambitions that makes it the best of its subgenre." —Eric Kohn, IndieWire
"Thoughtful and gripping... There are whiffs of Veep-like humor throughout Mayor… but it’s also a sincere tale of a public servant who’s seeking to lead in a world that’s stacked against him." —Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
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Mayor is a real-life political saga following Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of Ramallah, during his second term in office. His immediate goals: repave the sidewalks, attract more tourism, and plan the city's Christmas celebrations. His ultimate mission: to end the occupation of Palestine. Rich with detailed observation and a surprising amount of humor, Mayor offers a portrait of dignity amidst the madness and absurdity of endless occupation while posing a question: how do you run a city when you don't have a country?
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