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by Sylvain Estibal


After a tempest, fishermen do not find only fish in their nets. That is what happens to Jafaar, a poor fisherman who lives poorly in Gaza. And what he hauls in is really upsetting : imagine that, a pig! An unclean animal judged impure not only by the Faith of Islam but also by the Jewish religion. Determined to get rid of the animal, Jafaar tries desperately to sell it, first to a United Nations official, then to a Jewish colony where Yelena raises pigs not for their meat but for security reasons. Of course, going unnoticed in the company of a "forbidden" animal, among his Palestinian brothers, past Israeli soldiers and under the scrutiny of Islamic fundamentalists is no bed of roses and a series of misadventures await Jafaar...

original title: When Pigs Have Wings (Le Cochon de Gaza)
country: France, Belgium, Germany
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Sylvain Estibal
release date: FR 21/09/2011, BE 23/11/2011, DE 02/08/2012, AT 03/08/2012
screenplay: Sylvain Estibal
cast: Sasson Gabai, Baya Belal, Myriam Tekaïa, Gassan Abbas, Ulrich Tukur, Mark Mifsud, Tiziana Azzopardi
film editing: Marie-Hélène Dozo
producer: Franck Chorot, Jean-Philippe Blime, Hubert Toint, Jean-Jacques Neira, Wolfgang Müller, Benito Müller
production: Marilyn Productions, StudioCanal, Saga Film, Rhamsa Productions, Barry Films, uFilm
distributor: StudioCanal, Umedia Distribution, Alamode Film, Thimfilm GmbH, Surtsey Films

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