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9 Star Hotel

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PBS Premiere: July 22, 2008


A group of young Palestinian men work illegally as construction laborers in the Israeli city of Modi'in. Caught between Israeli security laws and a Palestinian Authority they see as having failed them, they work for Israeli contractors by day while hiding from police by night. Like youths everywhere, they pass their idle hours talking about love, marriage and future hopes. Israeli filmmaker Ido Haar has crafted a powerful vérité film that illuminates the plight of young men questioning their own culture while struggling to survive in the midst of bitter conflict.

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TAGS: borders, israel, labor, mid-east conflict, middle east, palestine, security, surveillance

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Film Information

9 Star Hotel (60 min.)

Premiere Date: July 22, 2008

Streaming Dates: Expired

Photos: Download Here

Trailer: Link

Filmmaker: Ido Haar Bio | Interview

Press: Critical Acclaim | Fact Sheet | Press Release


Ido Haar
Ido Haar

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Critical Acclaim

Israeli filmmaker Ido Haar draws us into the precarious world of young Palestinian construction workers scrabbling to survive in and around the Israeli city of Modi'in.”

— Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

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