Scene from AFTER THE SILENCE (photo © Fabian Zapatka)

Two young German fim makers go to Palestine where, together with Manal, a Palestinian student from Jenin, they try to find out what really happened on March 31, 2002: Shadi Tobassi, a suicide bomber from Jenin, blew himself up in Haifa, killing 15 people. Among those killed was Dov Chernobroda, an Israeli architect, who for his entire life had tried to bring about a peaceful settlement between Israel and Palestine. Eight years later, his wife Yaël would like to visit the family of the suicide bomber in Jenin. Yaël often uses the word “terrorist” when she speaks of Shadi. And then – for the first time in her life – she is able to say his name: Shadi Tobassi: “Every person has a name,” she says. But she cannot imagine looking him straight in the eyes. Despite her turmoil of emotions she still wishes to visit Jenin in a peaceful attempt to break down the wall of silence. Her husband would have been the first to encourage her to do so.

Stefanie Bürger was born in 1982 in Aalen and studied Communication Sciences in Augsburg, followed by Media Studies at the University of Tübingen. AFTER THE SILENCE is her first feature length documentary.

Jule Ott was born in 1982 in Rheda-Wiedenbrück and studied German and Spanish Language and Literature in Constance and Córdoba, followed by Media Studies & Science at the University of Tübingen. AFTER THE SILENCE is her debut feature.

Manal Abdallah was born in Jerusalem in 1988 and studies Multimedia at the Arab American University in Jenin. During the second inifada, she emigrated with her family to Canada but returned to the West Bank at the age of 17.
Genre Drama, Current Affairs, Politics
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2011
Directors Stefanie Bürger, Jule Ott, Manal Abdallah
Screenplay Stefanie Bürger, Jule Ott, Manal Abdallah
Cinematography Mareike Müller
Producers Marcus Vetter, Fakhri Hamad
Production Companies Bukera Pictures/Tübingen, Filmperspektive/Tübingen, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg, WDR/Cologne
Length 82 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.78
Original Version
 German, English, Hebrew, Arabic
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Munich 2011, Fünf Seen Festival Starnberg 2011, Unabhängiges Filmfest Osnabrück 2011, Haifa 2011, Camera Obscura Bydgoszcz 2011, Dubai 2011
Awards Horizonte Film Prize Fünf Seen Festival 2011, Grand Prix de Ryszard Kapuscinski Camera Obscura 2011

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