Liberally inspired from a true story. Fatenah is a Palestinian woman who lives in Gaza Strip. Her simple wishes were her consolation in the absurd living situation around her. But when she discovers a lump near her breast, she will start a journey to save her dreams. The original story
was re-adapted so that Fatenah could represent any young woman from Gaza that embarks on the arduous journey of seeking medical care which is not available within the Gaza Strip.
The 30 minutes film was commissioned by the World Health Organization – Gaza and West Bank Branch and produced by Dar Films. Production period was 15 months. I was the director of the film beside being the co-writer, director of photography, the sole animator, special effects artist and compositor. The film was screened around the world in major film festivals and won number of awards. The combination of the 3D characters with 2D environments helped creating the right look and feel for the story.
30 min 3d/2d animation
Screenings and Awards
- -The London Palestine Film Festival, London, UK May/2010.
- -The Palestinian Film Festival “Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide” Oct./2009.
- -Special Mention by Jury award. Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Abu Dhabi, 2009.
- -Noor Award for best short fiction, The Annual Arab Film Festival (AFF) USA, 2009.
- -Second Prize, The Roberto Rossellini Award 2009 for best animation achievement, Maiori Film Festival, Italy 2009.
- A cancer battle (AP)
- Cancer trauma inspires Palestinian film (BBC)
- Animation confronts Gaza breast cancer taboo (CNN)
- Animation / lifestyle Cinema (Euronews)
- Movie depicts Gaza s health woes (Haaretz)
- Palestine’s first 3D animation (Menassat)
- Fatenah (Reuters)
- Novel graphics (The National Newspaper)
Japanese report about Fatenah …found by accident
The 3D minimal set
Software used to create this film are: Softimage/XSI©, 3DMax©, Adobe After Effects©, Apple Final Cut Pro©, Apple Color© and Avid Pro tools©