Crayons Of Askalan

CRAYONS
OF ASKALAN

Creative Documentary, 52'
Qatar-Spain-Lebanon, 2012

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In the darkest holes of a prison, a young Palestinian artist manages to resist 15 years of imprisonment thanks to smuggled crayons and pillowcases.

En el rincón más oscuro de una prisión, un joven artista palestino preso logra resistir y mantener su salud mental durante 15 años, gracias a un puñado de crayones y la solidaridad de todos sus compañeros.

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Based on a true story

Crayons of Askalan

is a creative hybrid documentary based on the true story about the Palestinian artist Zuhdi Al Adawi, who in 1975 at the age of just 15 years was convicted to 15 years’ imprisonment, which he served in the Israeli high-security prison Askalan.
With the help of his fellow prisoners and their families, he manages to stay alive by smuggling in color crayons and smuggling out his allegorical artwork – which are brought to life in partially animated sequences – done on pillowcases, so they find their way to the outside world.

Contact and Screen: If you want to organize a screening of CRAYONS OF ASKALAN, please, write lailahotaitassistant@gmail.com or laila@laaventura.net and we will be happy to help you.

VOD PLAFORMS

FESTIVALS

Doha Tribeca Film Festival
Qatar, October 2011
CPH: Dox Festival
Denmark, November 2011
Montevideo International Film Festival
Uruguay, March 2012 (Official Competition)
HOT DOCS
International Documentary Festival
Toronto, May, 2012 (Official Competition)
Documenta Madrid
Spain, May 2012 (Official competition)
Baghdad International Film Festival
Iraq, October 2012 (Arab Women Filmmakers Official Competition)

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Museum Mahmud Darwish,
Ramallah, Palestine, May, 2014
Museum Of Fine Arts in Boston
(Thematic program: Palestinian political prisoners)
Toronto Palestine Film Festival
Canada
University Film Festival 24 segundos
México, Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey.
Documenta QRO
Mexico May, 2014

Cinema Verité
Iran International Documentary Film Festival,
Teheran, Iran, 2012  (Film in Competition)
Biennale of Short films and Documentaries of Queretaro
Mexico, October 2012
DocsDF Mexico
International Documentary Festival Mexico
Mexico, November 2012
Latin Arab Film Festival
Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 2012
San Marino Film Festival
Italy, December, 2012
Mostra de cine de Oriente Medio
Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2012
Festival Itinerante
Peru, 2012
Arizona International Film festival (official selection)
USA – April 2013
KARAMA Human Right Film Festival
Amman, Jordan, 2012 (Main Program)
INSAN, Human Rights Film festival
Ramallah, Palestine, 2013
Opening Film
Festival 14,4 Km.
Madrid & Cordoba, Spain, 2014

CREDITS

A production of LAAVENTURA in co-production with USER-T38



Director LAILA HOTAIT SALAS
Written by LAILA HOTAIT SALAS
TETRA BALESTRI
Art Direction NADIA HOTAIT
Direction of photography Diego López Calvin

Producers:
FEDERIKA ODRIOZOLA
NADIA HOTAIT
Production manager:MOHAMMAD HAMDAR
Edition: MIGUEL BURGOS
Sound design: TUNEFORK
Lead actor: MOHAMMAD AL MASRI