Ghost Hunting

Year of participation 2017
Program Documentary Competition

Ghost Hunting
Producer(s) Palmyre Badinier, Nicolas Wadimoff, Philippe Coeytaux, Raed Andoni
Director(s) Raed Andoni
Script Raed Andoni
Director of Photography Camille Cottagnoud
Production designer Dominique Treibert
Sound Nicolas Becker, Olivier Claude
Edit Gladys Joujou
Production company(-ies) Production Company Les Films de Zayna Montreuil, France +33 6 277974


Director Raed Andoni places a newspaper advertisement in Ramallah. He is looking for former inmates of the Moskobiya interrogation centre in Jerusalem. In his ad he asks that the men should also have experience as craftsmen, architects or actors. After a casting process that almost feels like role play, he arranges for a replica of the centre’s interrogation rooms and cells to be built to scale inside a hall – under close supervision from the former inmates and based on their memories. In this realistic setting the men subsequently re-enact their interrogations, discuss details about the prison, and express the humiliation they experienced during their detention. Using techniques that are reminiscent of the so-called ‘theatre of the oppressed’ they work together to dramatise their real-life experiences. Their reconstruction brings long repressed emotions and undealt with trauma to the fore. Working on the film takes its toll on the men – both physically and mentally. The director also appears in front of the camera; not only is he creating a stage for his protagonists, he is also coming to terms with his own fragmented memories of imprisonment in Moskobiya thirty years previously.

Glasshütte Original Documentary Award, Berlinale, 2017

Screening Schedule

Date: Venue:
2017-07-12 12:00 Moscow Cinema, Small Hall 1
2017-07-12 19:00 Moscow Cinema, Small Hall 1
 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
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