Mayor (2020)

Mayor (2020)

A unique portrayal of the mayor of the de-facto capital of Palestine

The Very Best

8.0

Movie

Palestinian Territory, United Kingdom
Arabic, English
Documentary, Drama
2020
DAVID OSIT
90 min

What it's about

David Osit’s thought-provoking documentary is a real-life political saga following Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of Ramallah, during his second term in office.

The take

Mayor follows Musa Hadid, the mayor of the de-facto capital of Palestine, Ramallah, over two years as he tries to make his constituents’ lives better under occupation. With shootings, sieges, and a wide array of life-threatening situations taking place, his focus remains on cheesy Christmas decorations and funny city-branding attempts.

The director follows the mayor everywhere, including in his home and with his family, examining the toll of the unique job. Ramallah is portrayed like it were any other capital—except for the daily reminders that it’s very far from that.

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