Screening: 3rd i NY & Alwan Present "Mars At Sunrise" Award-Winning Director and Actor in Attendance!

Wed, February 5, 2014 7:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Sneak Preview with Award-Winning Director & Actor Ali Suliman (Paradise Now) in Attendance!

MARS AT SUNRISE by Jessica Habie
2014, 75 mins, Palestine/USA

(Arabic with English Subtitles)

Suggested Contribution:
$10 General | $5 for Members, Seniors & Students

Doors open at 6:30pm

Jessica Habie’s
first feature film “Mars At Sunrise” tells the story of a war waged on imagination. The film abstractly portrays the conflict between artists on either side of Israel’s militarized borders, and explores how a powerful creative mind survives, and even thrives, under pressure.

A film inspired by the life of Hani Zurob “Mars At Sunrise” is a profoundly imaginative and bold meditation on the resilience of the human imagination and the triumph of art.

While working as a documentary filmmaker in Palestine, Habie realized that a fresh approach was needed to communicate the Palestinian dilemma. The filmmaker became interested in exploring the relationship between artists and social change and was inspired by the renowned Palestinian artist, Hani Zurob. By including actual stories and testimonies and combining them with an experimental film style, "Mars at Sunrise" is a stark departure from the typical cinema verité narratives about Palestine.

Mars at Sunrise, produced in Nazareth in 2011, stars golden globe winning actor Ali Suliman and introduces Guy El Hanan. The film also features original poetry by Haale Gafori and a soundtrack in six languages (English, Hebrew, Russian, Yiddish, Farsi and Arabic) produced by Tamir Muskat of the Balkan Beat Box, and featuring original music by Itamar Ziegler and Mohsen Subhi.

With a sneak preview at Alwan for the Arts, the film officially opens February 7, 2014 at Quad Cinemas in New York City.

Proceeds for the film will go to the Fajr Falestine Film Fund and will support the production of experimental and otherwise genre defiant works of cinema from the Palestinian Diaspora.



Ali Suliman as Khaled
Paradise Now (Golden Globe Winner for Best Foreign Film 2005), The Lemon Tree (2008), Pomegranates and Myrrh (2008), The Attack (2012)

Guy El Hanan as Eyal
Guy is a recent graduate of the Jaque Le Coq acting school in Paris France, an Israeli radio personality and an accomplished playwright.

Haale Gafori as Azzadeh
Haale is a musican from Brooklyn New York and the author of the original poetry featured in Mars At Sunrise.



“Habie…has crafted a film that transcends genre and traditional narrative in telling stories without bounds…Mars at Sunrise is, quite simply, an extraordinary and moving film… one of the first true indie gems to hit theaters in 2014.”
-Richard Propes, The Independent Critic

“Wow. [Mars at Sunrise] was a very powerful film. [Jessica Habie] handled a very difficult issue that must be talked about really quite beautifully. Yes, it was outrageously painful, but the added artistic nuance gave a context for the whole situation verging on the cusp of insanity that made the whole thing more palatable. I liked the mix of poetry, the use of absurdity, the acting was excellent, the music was great, and it managed to portray a story that is very well known but much untold in Palestine, and I really appreciated that the filmmaker was able to do it in a way that was not cliché, as so many films about Palestine seem to be. It was fresh, original, creative, well-written, and overall a really impressive film. Artistically, politically, aesthetically, philosophically, poetically, it all worked extremely well.”
- Soha Al-Jurf, Author of Even My Voice Is Silence

Director's Bio

Jessica Habie is a director, NYU Tisch graduate and founder of Eyes Infinite Films. In 2003, she released Another World is Happening and The Art of Love and Struggle. The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival awarded Jessica Best Documentary Short for Mandatory Service, which shows “the perspective of war and conflict from the participants themselves.”

Doucumentary projects include "Art and Apathy" and "Beyond Blue and Gray", produced with partner Nirah Shirazipour. Eyes Infinite Films was awarded prizes at the Cannes Short Film Corner, the Berlinale Talent Campus, and the Moondance Film Festival.


About 3rd i NY

3rd I New York’s monthly film/video/media salon is designed by local filmmakers and cultural producers to showcase the works of independent media makers of South Asian, Central Asian, and Arab descent. Providing alternative forums for these filmmakers who often have few venues to showcase their work and whose cultures and histories are often demonized or misrepresented in mainstream media, not only increases their visibility, but also provides a social forum for peers and audiences to participate in an ongoing discussion.


3rdi NY Film Programming is made possible in part with public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, both in partnership with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Alwan for the Arts hosts our monthly screenings series. We are thankful to the SINGH Foundation for acting as our fiscal sponsor


Alwan's programs are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council of the Arts (NYSCA) and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council.

Last updated: 2014-04-07 18:28:04

Mars At Sunrise by Jessica Habie
Mars At Sunrise by Jessica Habie
Ali Suliman (Paradise Now) as Khaled
Ali Suliman (Paradise Now) as Khaled

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