Writing on Snow


The Main 3 Sun, Sep 30, 2018 5:45 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$12.00
Senior (Box Office Only):$10.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:MN Premiere
Program:Twin Cities Arab Film Festival
Release Year:2017
Runtime:72 mins
Festivals & Awards:Bronze Award
Muscat International Film Festival
Chicago Palestine Film Festival
English Subtitles
Director:Rashid Masharawi
Producer:Abdelsalam Abu Askar
Habib Attia
Rashid Masharawi
Cinematographer:Sofian El Fani
Screenwriter:Rashid Masharawi
Ibrahim Mozain
Editor:Pascale Chavance
Composer:Kaies Sellami
Principal Cast:Amr Waked
Ramzi Maqdisi
Ghassan Massoud
Yumna Marwan


Set almost entirely inside a cramped apartment during the 2014 Israeli war on Gaza, this film takes place over the course of one night. Five Palestinians—a wounded man, an aid worker, an older couple, and a suspicious stranger—become trapped together during an all-night attack. As their political divisions become apparent and intolerances rise to the surface, each questions the others, interrogating their motivations and dismissing their life experiences even in the face of their shared predicament. Portraying belief and ideology as irreconcilable differences, Writing on Snow offers a metaphor for solidarity in the region through a situation where a lack of acceptance weakens resistance against the Israeli occupation.

Screening with short film:

One Minute

Through both experimental and narrative filmmaking, One Minute reimagines the last moments of a 37-year-old mother’s life as she shelters herself and her daughter from Israel’s intensive strike on Gaza’s Shuja‘iya neighborhood. The film depicts one woman’s story from the thousands killed during the war on Gaza in the summer of 2014.

Director: Dina Nasser | Narrative | Runtime: 11 mins | 2015 | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Minnesota Premiere



Mizna presents the thirteenth Twin Cities Arab Film Festival in partnership with the Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. The Arab Film Fest showcases modern Arab cinema, featuring debut screenings of independent narrative, documentary, and experimental features and shorts.