The film is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, Union Docs, and fellowships from the Harvard Divinity School and the Palestinian American Research Centre.
The documentary film LYD, directed by Rami Younis and Sarah Ema Friedland, is set to have its world premiere at the fourth edition of the Amman International Film Festival – Awal Film. The festival, taking place in the Jordanian capital, will run until August 22.
During the festival, LYD will be screened twice. The first screening is scheduled for Saturday, August 19 at 8 pm at Taj Cinema 6, followed by another screening on Sunday, August 20 at 9 pm at the Rainbow Theater. Following both screenings, the directors will engage in Q&A sessions, delving into the challenges they encountered while filming, including navigating regional and ethnic tensions. They will also discuss the extensive research that underpinned the creation of the project.
In anticipation of the film’s premiere, MAD Solutions, the worldwide distributor and sales agent for the film, recently unveiled the teaser trailer across several social media platforms.
LYD presents a sci-fi documentary narrative, tracing the trajectory of Lyd, a 5,000-year-old metropolis that transformed from a vibrant Palestinian town to a conquered entity following the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Through an array of characters, the film weaves a tapestry of the Palestinian experience in this city, highlighting the enduring impact of the massacre and expulsion.
Rami Younis, hailing from Lyd, is a Palestinian filmmaker, journalist, and writer. He currently hosts the news show On the Other Hand, where he exposes misinformation and counters fake news concerning Israeli Palestinian residents.
Sarah Ema Friedland, based in New York, is a documentary filmmaker and media artist. Her works have achieved widespread screenings across the US and abroad, and have been nationally aired on PBS.