Rozeen Bisharat’s stunning new documentary follows two women: Theresa Halsa, an 18-year-old Palestinian who hijacked Sabena flight 571 in 1972, and Rozeen (a young actor played by the filmmaker) who is cast as Theresa in a movie version of the event. By blending news footage with reenactments and putting the real Theresa in a room with the woman playing her younger self, Present/Absent is an absurdist and entertaining portrait of the impossible identity issues that plague Palestinian citizens of Israel.

120 minutes
Rozeen Bisharat

Shown at

  1. Westchester Jewish Film Festival - 2018

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