Waiting for Farajallah

We’re taken behind the scenes of a play in-the-making in Palestine: Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, and are introduced to a variety of characters: the play’s director 'Mahmoud' who's returned from Greece to his hometown in Palestine, the talented young actors, their relatives and friends. As we delve further into the actors' lives, the film reveals the startling parallel between the themes of the play and their own: everyone’s waiting for something: a permit to build a house, better work conditions, a starring role in a film. While waiting for Faraj Allah* (like Waiting for Godot) and between the actors' ambitions and Mahmoud's longing for Greece, our superstars await something that may or may not come.

*Translates to 'God's mercy', also a male's name: Farajallah.

  • Nidal Badarny
    Director
    Villagers
  • Nidal Badarny
    Writer
    Villagers
  • Wafi Blal
    Producer
    Villagers
  • Rafia H Oraidi
    Producer
    Roshmia, Villagers, Blockade 365, Aid But No State
  • Mahmud Abu Jazi
    Key Cast
    "himself"
  • Ibrahim Naamneh
    Key Cast
    "himself"
  • Emad Yassin
    Key Cast
    "himself"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Natreen Faraj Allah ناطرين فرج الله
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    55 minutes 52 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 22, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    Palestine, State of
  • Country of Filming:
    Palestine, State of
  • Language:
    Arabic
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Nidal Badarny

Nidal Badarny is a filmmaker and comedian born in Arrabeh, in the Galilee of Palestine. He studied Theatre and Cinema, directed and performed in multiple comedic plays and films. 'Waiting for FarajAllah' is his debut documentary in which he spent 3 years capturing the emotions of a group of young theatrical actors, performing Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' in Palestine, revealing their dreams of better tomorrows.

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Director Statement

A little over a decade ago I left my home town of Arrabeh. I left it in a time before it became a city. It was, and still is, a village known for its people’s kindness and loyalty to their Palestinian nation. The village made great sacrifices, including martyrs, to safeguard the Palestinian identity in the face of attempts at israelisation, which Palestinians endure inside "israel".

I left my village and set off on my path to work in comedy, and specifically stand-up comedy. During those ten years I became one of the leaders in the scene.

Three years ago, the village engraved in my memories turned into a city: “The City of Arrabeh.” This new title, “city”, was a shock that sent me running back to my childhood memories in my village. That was how the idea of the film emerged:
I remembered the first time I set foot on a stage, as a child, to perform a comedy show in front of the school body. Back then Mahmoud Abu Jazi was my drama teacher. He held my hand and walked me to the center of the stage.

One can’t tell the story of this society without observing its strangeness, its beauty, its randomness, spontaneity, simplicity, harshness, and its complex identity. The chaotic, disharmonic structure of the city greatly resembles the complexity of its people’s identity. A complexity which can be hard to understand sometimes, for how can one understand living as a stranger in your own homeland.