Three decades ago Palestinian actor Hiam Abbass (Paradise Now, Succession) left her native village Deir Hanna in Galilee to follow her acting dream in France. After finding success in independent cinema and Hollywood she returns to Tiberias with her film director daughter Lina to explore her memories and the women she left behind. Bye Bye Tiberias is Palestine’s official selection for Best International Feature at the 96th Academy Awards (Oscars).
Post-screening Q&A with Director Lina Soualem
Lina Soualem is a French-Palestinian-Algerian filmmaker and actress, born and based in Paris. After studying History and Political Science at La Sorbonne University, Lina started working as a programmer for the International Human Rights Film Festival in Buenos Aires. Lina’s debut feature documentary Their Algeria premiered in Visions du Réel International Film Festival 2020. Their Algeria received dozens of prestigious awards. Bye Bye Tiberias, her second documentary film, premiered in Venice International Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival in 2023, and was nominated to represent Palestine at the Oscars 2024.
Bye Bye Tiberias