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Fatenah: an animation made in Palestine

This wonderful animation — the first wholly produced in Palestine — tells a very human Palestinian story about a 28 year old woman living in the Gaza Strip. Her life changes when she discovers she has breast cancer.

Meanwhile, also check out the short 15 minute documentary Targeted Citizen (English; Arabic; Hebrew) which looks at discrimination against the Palestinian citizens of Israel, featuring Palestinian rap trio Dam.

You can also view it in three parts

Part One (of 3)

Part Two

Part Three

Additional film details

Directed by Ahmad Habash
Screenplay Saed Andoni, Ahmad Habash, Ambrogio Manenti
Produced by Saed Andoni
Music by Said Murad
Editing by Saed Andoni
Animation by Ahmad Habash
Director of Photography Ahmad Habash
Sound Design by Zaher Rashmawi


Fatenah is a 27 year old woman living in the Gaza Strip. Her life is similar to the lives of many other women in Gaza. Her life changes the day she discovers to have breast cancer. This animation, the first produced in Palestine, shows with great accuracy the scenarios of Gaza city. The 27 minutes long story is a breath-taking journey into Fatenahs daily struggles. It uncovers the human drama of her fight to survive. This journey into the heart of the Gaza Strip will touch and move you.


Fatenah is an animation that was liberally inspired from a true story. The original story was re-adapted so that Fatenah could represent any young woman from Gaza that embarks on the arduous journey of seeking medical care which is not available within the Gaza Strip.

This animation took one year to be completed; it was produced entirely in Palestine by Palestinian producers and animators. The animation was completed in June 2009. The World Health Organization for West Bank and Gaza supported this project from the very beginning.

Fatenah is both the first Palestinian produced animation and the first story on access to health for patients in Gaza to reach the big screen. Over the last four years, the number of patients that request treatment outside Gaza has been growing due to the lack of specialized health care services in the Strip.

According to the producer of the animation, Saed Andoni, and the film director, Ahmad Habash: “Usually Palestinians are treated or are looked at as numbers. You hear that five people were killed, or that ten Palestinians died. But this is not the case. The case is that behind each number there is a long human story, and that is why we focused on this one story and individual, we wanted to tell the un-told human story behind the numbers.”

Produced by DAR Films
Sponsored by WHO West Bank & Gaza
Sabreen Association for Artistic Development

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This entry was posted on 24 March, 2010 by in Animation, Palestine, Video and tagged , .

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