Ebrahem

Ibrahim, a champion winner of the body building competition in the year 2000, became a religious person after a tragic incident four years later. Nowadays, he wants to compete again. What will he choose: religion or competition?

Synopsis // Ebrahem Masri, 45 years old, is a father of three wonderful children and supporting them by being a muezzin of al-Jazzar mosque in the old city of Akko. EbrahEm won a competition in 2000 and became the “champion of bodybuilding” in Israel. Four years later, he had a tragic accident. After that, he decided to turn to religion to find inner peace. However, he proceeded his training to keep his muscular body strong. Though obsessed with the idea of competing and winning again, he also has to think about the risks, such as losing his job and putting his religious believe in jeopardy. Ebrahem is currently wondering whether to consult with the sheikh or not about his wish to re-enter the national championship in bodybuilding. Is there any gap in the Quran, which can allow Ebrahem to compete “naked” in front of millions and at the same time keep his respect as a muezzin? Will he even have the courage to ask the sheikh? Will he go out looking for another job and pursue his dream?

 

Filmmakers’ bios // Sana Tanous (producer) is a Palestinian producer who was born in Elaboun village in 1982. Her first feature film as a production supervisor was OMAR, which was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes film festival, and was nominated for the Oscars. Sana has worked as a production manager and a line producer in several short and feature films. Among them the acclaimed VILLA TOUMA, a feature film by Suha Arraf. Sana has worked as an associate producer in AVE MARIA which won at the Arab Film Festival, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film at the 88th Academy Awards .

Jamal Khalaile (director) was born in Akko in 1976. He graduated with a Cinema and Television degree in Jerusalem (2006), where he studied directing and editing. Jamal directed a few short films: MAKHRAJ (2006), MOHAMAD IN THE CAMPUIRA (2007) and a creative documentary: SHO QOSTAK, PART I (2012). He was selected at Ramallah Doc and Story Doc to participate in a pitching session at DOK.Leipzig film festival in 2012 with his current documentary THE FIRST SUPPER, which is in development stage with the support of Doha Film Institute. Jamal received a development grant for this project DOWNTOWN JALILE from the Rabinovic Cinema Fund Israel in 2012. He was also selected for the Arab-Israeli Producers Workshop.

 

OOP vision // “As a minority society in this country, OUT OF PLACE gives us a voice in which we can pass a daily issue which was not heard of before. In a world in which Islam is being sided with terrorism, we offer a new perspective of dealing with freedom of choice and religious conflict.”