Mohanad Yaqubi

Documentary Film - 2023
Mohanad Yaqubi is a filmmaker, producer, and one of the founders of the Ramallah-based production house Idioms Film. Yaqubi is also one of the founders of the research and curatorial collective Subversive Films, which focuses on militant film practices, and the Palestine Film Institute, which focuses on supporting, promoting, and preserving Palestinian cinema. He has been a resident researcher at The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Gent, Belgium since 2017. His research focuses on the relation between politics, aesthetics and cinema with archival structures of transnational solidarity movements. Yaqubi strives to re-think imperfect archives as a mechanism to bridge living memories. 

His first feature film Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory (2016) made a festival tour, showing at TIFF, Berlinale, Cinéma du réel, Dubai IFF, and Yamagata among fifty other screenings around the world. His second feature film, R 21 aka Restoring Solidarity (2022) showed at Documenta 15, IDFA, Marrakesh FF, and True/False among others. 

Yaqubi has also acted as a producer for several documentary features — Infiltrators (dir. Khaled Jarrar, 2013), Suspended Time (dir. various, 2013) — and the narrative short Pink Bullet (dir. Ramzi Hazboun, 2014). He also co-produced several films, including the narrative feature Habibi (dir. Susan Youssef, 2010), the short narrative Though I Know the River is Dry (dir. Omar R. Hamilton, 2012) and the feature documentaries Ambulance (dir. Mohammed Jabaly, 2016), Ouroboros (dir. Basma Sharif, 2017), Ibrahim: A Fate to Define (dir. Lina Alabed, 2019) and As I Want (dir. Samaher Al Qadi, 2021).