200 Meters (2020): Palestinian Ameen Nayfeh’s First Feature (Venice, NYFF 2020)

200 Meters
by Ameen Nayfeh (First Feature, Lion of the Future Contender)

Mustafa and his wife Salwa live 200 meters apart in villages separated by a wall. One day he gets the kind of call that every parent dreads of, informing him that his son has had an accident. Rushing to cross the border, Mustafa is denied on a technicality at the checkpoint. But a father’s love won’t give up and he will do anything to reach his son.

A 200 meter distance becomes a 200 kilometer odyssey, as Mustafa, left with no choice, attempts to smuggle himself across the border.

About Ameen Nayfeh

Ameen Nayfeh (born in Palestine, 1988) spent his formative years moving between Jordan and Palestine. Despite an early interest in filmmaking, in 2010 he earned his B.Sc. in Nursing from Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem. Two years later, he earned an MFA in film producing from the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Jordan. Ameen Nayfeh’s previous films include The Crossing (2017, Short), Suspended Time ‘Zaman Muaalaq’ (2014, documentary segment), The Eid Gift (2012, Documentary), The Uppercut (2012, Documentary). 200 METERS is his first feature film.