Ghost Hunting

Palestine | 2016 | 90 minutes | Raed Andoni

Director Raed Andoni assembles an eclectic group of Palestinians who were detained in an Israeli detention center to dramatically reconstruct their experiences, confronting their past and starting the path toward healing. Winner of Best Documentary at the Berlin Film Festival.

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Director Raed Andoni (who previously made the Sundance-nominated 2009 documentary Fix ME) places a newspaper advertisement in Ramallah looking for former inmates of the infamous al-Moskobiya interrogation and detention center in Jerusalem. In his ad, he also specifies that respondents should have experience as craftsmen, architects, or actors. Together with those selected, Andoni begins construction of a replica of the center’s interrogation rooms and cells to be built to scale inside a large warehouse in Ramallah, based on the recollections of the former prisoners. In this realistic setting, the men subsequently re-enact their interrogations and seek to process long-repressed memories and unresolved trauma in a bid for some semblance of catharsis. Part improvised docudrama and part group-therapy session, the experience involves angry eruptions, wrenching confessions, and minor outbursts of violence―some staged, others real. (A psychologist was present on set to monitor the cast and crew.) Andoni himself participates both in front of and behind the camera, as he tries to come to terms with his own detention and torture at the prison some 30 years prior.

Director Biography

Raed Andoni's first feature documentary, Fix ME (2009), garnered both controversy and high critical praise. He's been nominated for Sundance's Grand Jury prize in the World Cinema Documentary category and took home this year's Documentary Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

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  • Original Language Title: Istiyad Ashbah
  • Director: Raed Andoni
  • Principal Cast: Ramzi Maqdisi, Mohammed "Abu Atta" Khattab, Raed Andoni, Atef Al-Akhras
  • Premiere Status: U.S.
  • Country: Palestine, France, Switzerland
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Palmyre Badinier
  • Screenplay: Raed Andoni
  • Cinematographers: Camille Cottagnoud
  • Editors: Gladys Joujou
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Berlin Film Festival 2017 (Glashutte Original Documentary Award)
  • Filmography: Fix ME (2009)
  • Language: Arabic, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Urban Distribution International