Bye Bye Tiberias

Bye Bye Tiberias

莉娜.蘇亞蘭Lina SOUALEM
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Palestine
  • Qatar
B&W, Colour
  • DCP

Bye Bye Tiberias


Leaving her native village to follow her dream of becoming an actress, Hiam Abbass also left behind her mother, grandmother and seven sisters. Thirty years later, her filmmaker daughter Lina returns with her to journey through the vanished places among the scattered memories of four generations of daring Palestinian women.  

'"We don't belong to a place; we belong to the story of the place". In the film, I embody the fourth generation of women present on screen, and the first to be born outside of Palestine. I carry the memory of the women in my family and the history of exile and dispossession they faced. By telling their story, I reclaim the personal, historical and visual legacies that I have inherited. I question these legacies, confront them and intertwine them together in order to answer a question that haunts me: how does a woman find her place when caught between worlds?  

'By making this film, I follow the same path as the women in my family. Passing on our story has always been central. With our words, we fight against erasure and oblivion. That is why I feel a constant urge to share these stories. By re-inventing the history of my family, I hope to not only reclaim my heritage, but to seize and preserve the images of a world rapidly disappearing. Images that stand as proof of a denied existence'. - Lina SOUALEM

Festivals & Awards
2023 Venice FF
2023 Toronto IFF
Director's Profile

French-Palestinian-Algerian filmmaker and actress, born and based in Paris. After studying History and Political Science at La Sorbonne University, Lina started working as a programmer for the International Human Rights Film Festival in Buenos Aires. Lina's debut feature documentary Their Algeria premiered at Visions du Réel International Film Festival 2020, and received the First Film Award in CINEMED Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Film, the Best Arab Documentary Award in El Gouna Film Festival and the Best Documentary Award at Cinemania Film Festival, among many other awards. Lina acted in three feature films directed by Hafsia Herzi, Hiam Abbass and Rayhana. She currently works as an author on fiction films, documentaries and TV series.

2020 Their Algeria
2023 Bye Bye Tiberias
Producer|Jean-Marie NIZAN
Scriptwriter|Lina SOUALEM, Nadine NAOUS, Gladys JOUJOU
Cinematographer|Frida MARZOUK
Editor|Gladys JOUJOU
Music|Amine BOUHAFA
Sound Recording|Ludovic ESCALLIER, Lina SOUALEM
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