Directed and Animated by Ahmad Habash
A Dar Films Production
Executive Producer: Saed Andoni
Sound Designer: Zaher Rashmawi
Music: Said Murad
Fatenah is a 28 year old woman living in the Gaza Strip. Her life is similar to the lives of many other women in Gaza. Her life changes the day she discovers to have breast cancer.
Fatenah is an animation that was liberally inspired from a true story. The original story was re-adapted so that Fatenah could represent any young woman from Gaza that embarks on the arduous journey of seeking medical care which is not available within the Gaza Strip.
This animation took one year to be completed; it was produced entirely in Palestine by Palestinian producers and animators. The animation was completed in June 2009. The World Health Organization for West Bank and Gaza supported this project from the very beginning.
Fatenah is both the first Palestinian produced animation and the first story on access to health for patients in Gaza to reach the big screen. Over the last four years, the number of patients that request treatment outside Gaza has been growing due to the lack of specialized health care services in the Strip.
As the producer of the animation, Saed Andoni, and the film director, Ahmad Habash, have said: Usually Palestinians are treated or are looked at as numbers. You hear that five people were killed, or that ten Palestinians died. But this is not the case. The case is that behind each number there is a long human story, and thats why we focused on this one story and individual, we wanted to tell the un-told human story behind the numbers.
Sponsored by WHO West Bank & Gaza
Sabreen Association for Artistic Development