Private Project

The First Dinner

Siwar and her father are sitting at the dinner table face to face. An encounter after 15 years of absence. Could what once was, still be? A non-existent relationship between a father and his little girl is redefined at the dinner table.

  • Thekra Zohir Makalda
    Director
  • Thekra Zohir Makalda
    Writer
  • Mohammed Ahmad Ibraheem
    Producer
  • Thekra Zohir Makalda
    Producer
  • Kamel El Basha
    Key Cast
    "The Father"
  • Jiana Awaad
    Key Cast
    "Siwar"
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    العشاء الأول
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Drama, social
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 51 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 3, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    27,279 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Palestine, State of
  • Country of Filming:
    Palestine, State of
  • Language:
    Arabic
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital canoon c300
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    Yes - Beit Berl
  • CINE FORTE
    Tel aviv
    Palestine, State of
    July 4, 2023
    College event
Director Biography - Thekra Zohir Makalda

I am an Arab Muslim woman, born in the occupied Palestine, studied Filmmaking at Hamidrasha Faculty of Arts - Beit Berl. I work as a director, editor and producer in an Advertising company.

My first official film as as a filmmaker was "Girl on a Bike", it took part in international festivals.
I produced an independent short film called "In the Waiting room" and another one called "The Pet". I was also a part of several other film as an editor, assistant director, script supervisor, art and producer.
In the meantime, I'm working on my first ever feature film.

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Director Statement

As a film maker, my inspiration stems from the cultural challenges and issues we face on a daily basis. My films put a lens on these great issues and sheds its light on them through a different and more simple story line. The more simple, the brighter the idea, that's my method.

This particular film, takes on the complexity of relationships between parents and children which has always piqued my interest. The film, through its structure and complexity, despite its simplicity, shows the various dimensions of a family trauma. After fifteen long years, we witness the sudden reconciliation of a young woman in her twenties with her father.