Palestine, Italy, Sweden


A Palestinian father trapped on the other side of the separation wall is trying to reach the hospital for his son.

Director's Statement

I carry lots of memories that I no longer have access to, or it could be that I fear to dwell back into it. Oppression does alienate you as it denies you your basic rights; especially when you start adapting to it! A forced separation aches a lot. 200 Meters is my story and the story of thousands of Palestinians, and stories can definitely alter lives. I believe in the power of the cinema and how it touches our lives and magical ways. I need to tell this story. Images of the wall, checkpoints and soldiers are probably what come to mind when Palestine is mentioned. Although these images are also in this film, the focus will be on what such a separation does to us as human beings. And to shed more light on the invisible barriers and walls that are created as a result to the physical barrier. Here, in Palestine we got used to adapt to new situations, do as told and camouflage our feelings. But this should no longer be acceptable. Freedom of movement is a very basic human right that seems to be a fairytale in such a brutal reality. The main character Mustafa has obeyed the rules, endured the humiliation and did as told in order to secure a small chance to be with his family, but when the same rules that alienated his life put his family and fatherhood on stake, will he obey it any longer?

Director's Biography

Ameen Nayfeh was born in Palestine in 1988 and spent his formative years moving between Jordan and Palestine. Despite an early interest in filmmaking, in 2010 he earned his B.Sc. in Nursing from Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem. Two years later, he earned an MFA in film producing from the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Jordan. He writes, produces, and directs award-winning short films.

2020 - 200 METRES
2017 - THE CROSSING, short
2014 - SUSPENDED TIME 'ZAMAN MUAALAQ', documentary - segment director
2012 - THE EID GIFT, documentary short
2012 - THE UPPERCUT, documentary short

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Ameen Nayfeh

Written by: Ameen Nayfeh

Produced by: May Odeh, Francesco Melzi d'Eril, Faycal Hassairi, Marco Colombo, Julia Gebauer

Cinematography: Elin Kirschfink

Editing: Kamal El Mallakh

Production Design: Bashar Hassuneh

Costume Design: Fairouze Nastas

Make-Up & Hair: Fairouze Nastas

Original Score: Faraj Suleiman

Sound: Sylvain Bellemare

Visual Effects: Henrik Lehmann

Main Cast: Ali Suliman (Mustafa), Anna Unterberger (Anne), Lana Zreik (Salwa), Gassan Abbas (Abu Nidal)

Nominations and Awards

  • Feature Film Selection 2021