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Coffee for all nations

In the year of 1948, Abed and his family were forced by the Israeli army to abandon their home in (Al-Walaja) village near Bethlehem and move to Dheisheh Refugee Camp. Resilient, Abed decides to go back to his land and live in a Kanani cave that he discovered until the end of his life. 

He plans to turn his new home into a coffee shop and transform his own tragedy into a project that will provide him an income and allow him to share his one true possession and a stunning view.

Abed’s brother, who spent 30 years at an Israeli prison was released. Despite of the good news, Abed was devastated by the Israeli demolishment of his 5000 years old cave.

  • Wafa' Jamil Espvall
  • Wafa' Jamil Espvall
  • Wafa' Jamil Espvall
  • Per Åke Holmquist
  • Enjaaz, a Dubai Film Market Initiative
  • Samer Shalabi
  • Ameed Shehadeh
  • Khaled Jarar
  • Hisham Ayroot
  • Wafa’ Jamil
  • Lisa Ekberg
  • Sven Blume
  • Mohannad Sbaneh
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Social Political, Life Drama, War and conflict, Human rights
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 30, 2015
  • Country of Origin:
    Palestine, State of
  • Country of Filming:
    Palestine, State of
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Degital HD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Festival del Cinema dei Diritti Umani di Napoli
    October 21, 2017
    Human rights Doc winner
  • Al Ard film festival Sardinia
    March 7, 2017
    Italian premire
    Al Arad Primo Award
  • Arab film festival Amman
    July 21, 2016
  • Noida international film festival
    February 7, 2016
    Festival special mention
Director Biography - Wafa' Jamil Espvall

a Palestinian- Swedish producer and filmmaker based in Sweden. Hold a masters degree in Regional studies and B.A in Journalism.
Hold 15 years of extensive knowledge and comprehensive understanding of all aspects of film production, from acting to lens technology. Served as Film Director and producer for many local and international media production companies where I’m responsible for creatively translating the film's written script into actual images and sounds on screen and visualizing and defining the style and structure of the film, acting as both a storyteller and team leader.
Having experience in teaching filmmaking and TV production on Academic level in 2 Palestinian universities.
 Co-producer, Film Director, documentary film, “Coffee for all nations” 52 minutes, September 2015.
 Co-producer, Film Director, documentary film, “Hamas under Palestine” 52 minutes, September 2008.
 Film director/Producer, documentary Film, "Abraham’s Children", 30 minutes, Germany.
 Unit film director, documentary film 52 minutes "Juda & Mohamad” channel 4 British, May 2006.
 Film Director, documentary Film, “Roots”, 30 minutes, Palestine”, November 2005,.
 Producer and Film Director, "The Lost Home" documentary, 19 minutes, 2002.
Executive Director, Documentary Program “Under Age Martyrs” 30 episodes, 20 minutes each. Arab Media Center, Jordan. Produced by Qatar TV, March 2002.

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Director Statement

As a Palestinian-refugee film director, Abeds story touch me deeply. Abeds family was driven from their land in 1948 and was forced to live in a refugee camp.
The same thing happened to my own family and many other Palestinian families. But despite being expelled from his village, Abed was determined to come back; he insists on living in his village to preserve ownership of his land even under very trying conditions.
With his coffee shop idea, Abed turned his own tragic story into a positive and transformative project. By doing this film about Abed, I want to bring hope to my fellow Palestinians.
The coffee shop encourages people from all nations to visit Abed. It allows him and the visitors to exchange stories and creates a livelihood for him so he can support his family.
Abed is a one-man resistance movement. If he had not fought for his land, it would be occupied as well.
This film is about a very unique man, but with telling the story about one individual I also hope to cast light over the modern history of the Palestinian People. I want to show the world how much the Palestinians are suffering, but also that there is a hope – as long as there is resistance.