This was my inspiration for this short film, it is a tragedy that reveals the everyday dilemma of degradation and the question of how to keep one’s own dignity.
The film was shot on 35mm film stock in the areas where these laborers really live. It is an arid landscape of mountains near East Jerusalem. It's all deserts, no life, and this captures and reflects the harsh existence of the Palestinian laborers.
He has a BA from Tel-Aviv University in Theatre Acting and an MFA in Filmmaking from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco.
Lately Shady was involved in the film 24 HHOURS JERUSALEM (arte), which won the German TV Award for Best Documentary 2014. He was the lead in the Oscar-nominated short film AVE MARIA. HOLY AIR was his feature debut as director.
2019 - OSLO, short
2017 - HOLY AIR
2014 - 24 HOURS JERUSALEM, doc.
2011 - WATAN A WATAR, comedy tv series
2010 - FILMS FROM REAL LIFE, 10 shorts
2009 - AMWASH, comedy series (10 Episodes)
2007 - EITHER ME OR HAIFA, short
2005 - SENSE OF NEED, Academy of Art, thesis project
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Shady Srour
Written by: Shady Srour
Produced by: Florian Schewe, Shady Srour
Cinematography: Daniel Miller
Editing: Naaman Bishara
Production Design: Bashar Hassuneh
Costume Design: Naim Qasim
Make-Up & Hair: Angham Khalil, Hala Qasim
Original Score: Habib Shedeh Hanna
Sound: Ibrahim Zaher
Main Cast: Alber Mir'eb (Ziad), Sallie Srour (daughter), Eyad Shiti (doctor), Hala Daw (female soldier)
Nominations and Awards
- Short Film Candidates 2019