Israel, Germany
2019 — 16 min / Colour



Ziad, a Palestinian day laborer, is denied entry into Israel for work that day. The East Jerusalem border guards offer no explanation. Not wanting to return home empty handed after promising his daughter meat for dinner, he needs to get creative. The journey back is long, and what he encounters in the dry mountains challenges his dignity.

Official Trailer

Director Biography

Shady Srour is an actor, scriptwriter, director and producer for cinema, theatre and TV, and a lecturer at the Open University. He has a BA from Tel-Aviv University in Theatre Acting and an MFA in Filmmaking from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Lately Shady was involved in the film 24 HHOURS JERUSALEM (arte), which won the German TV Award for Best Documentary 2014. He was the lead in the Oscar-nominated short film AVE MARIA. HOLY AIR was his feature debut as director.


Shady Srour


Shady Srour

Florian Schewe


Daniel Miller


Naaman Bishara


Ibrahim Zaher

Screenings & Awards

Odense IFF, Denmark, 2019
Jury award for Best European Short Film

Clermont-Ferrand, France, 2020

Rhode Island IFF, United States, 2019
Best Editing

Jerusalem FF, Israel, 2020


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