letter to a friend

A close friend is asked to start an investigation before an inevitable act occurs. Interlacing images, textures, movements, traces, and sounds from over a century, letter to a friend recounts in minute detail a home and street in Bethlehem.
by Emily Jacir Palestine 2019 English 43’ Colour Documentary form


Director Emily Jacir
Cinematography Emily Jacir
Montage Emily Jacir
Sound Design Emily Jacir
Sound Mixing Firas Mukarkar
Animation Ahmad Habash
Production Manager Emily Jacir
Producer Emily Jacir
Executive Producer Emily Jacir
Commissioned by Fisher Center at Bard

Produced by

Emily Jacir

Emily Jacir

Emily Jacir, born in 1972 in Bethlehem, West Bank, is an artist and filmmaker who is primarily concerned with transformation, questions of translation, resistance, and silenced historical narratives. Her work investigates personal and collective movement through public space and its implications on the physical and social experience of trans-Mediterranean space and time. She is the recipient of several awards. Her works have been shown all over the world in solo and group exhibitions. She is the Founding Director of Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research in Bethlehem. She is based between Ramallah and Rome.


1999 15 Palestinian Minutes in Palistine; 15 min. 2002 from Texas with love; 60 min. · Crossing Surda (a record of going to and from work);; 132 min. · Annual Israeli Day Parade, New York City May 5; 3 min. 2003 a sketch in the Egyptian Museum, April 24, 2003; 1 min. · ENTRY DENIED (a concert in Jerusalem);; 105 min. · Nothing Will Happen (eight normal Saturdays in Linz); 20 min. 2004 Ramallah/New York; 38 min. 2009 Lydda Airport; 5 min. 2014 Tal al Zaatar; 60 min. 2017 Notes for a Cannon; 17 min. 2019 letter to a friend; 43 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020