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Life Is Beautiful is a compelling documentary that follows Palestinian filmmaker Mohamed Jabaly’s unwavering determination to share stories of Gaza, his hometown. Despite facing the constraints of international politics and bureaucracy, Jabaly refuses to be silenced. Stranded in the cold and dark Arctic of northern Norway, he harnesses his creativity and the support of friends to uphold his motto, “Life is beautiful.” The film invites viewers to witness the triumphs and sacrifices that come with pursuing one’s passion and standing up against oppressive systems. It sheds light on the complexities of global politics, the resilience of the human spirit, and the universal pursuit of freedom and self-expression. In this, we can witness the extraordinary journey as we experience the transformative power of art and hope that endures, transcending borders and challenging circumstances.

Distributor: Norwegian Film Institute

Sales Agent: First Hand Films GmbH


  • Director(s)

    • Mohamed Jabaly
  • Producer(s)

    • KriStine Ann Skaret
    • Sarah Winge-Sørensen
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Mohanad Yaqubi
    • Esther van Messel
    • Anne Fabini
  • Editor(s)

    • Erland Edenholm
    • Anne Fabini
  • Cinematography

    • Mohamed Jabaly
  • Composer

    • Gaute Barlindhaug
  • Sound

    • Anna Nilsson
  • Visit the film's website

Promotional Partners

Community Partners: Workman Arts

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