200 Meters (2020)

  • Drama
  • 1h 36m

US Digital Festival Premiere

This film is fully subtitled in English

Mustafa and his wife Salwa are from two Palestinian West Bank villages only 200 meters apart but split by Israel’s separation wall. Mustafa lives on the Palestinian-controlled side of the wall, and Salwa and their children on the Israeli side. One day Mustafa gets the call every parent dreads: his son has been in an accident and is in the hospital. Mustafa will do anything to reach him, and after being denied access through the checkpoint on a technicality, he embarks upon a journey to cross the border illegally. The 200-meter distance soon becomes a 200-kilometer odyssey. Palestinian director Ameen Nayfeh’s debut drama shows us the life-threatening struggles of daily life under occupation in an urgent story of resistance, dignity, family and hope.

Winner, Audience Award, Giornate degli Autori, Venice International Film Festival 2020

200 Meters illustrates how sweeping Israeli movement restrictions separate families, disrupt daily life and otherwise violate the basic rights of Palestinians in the occupied territory.” - Khulood Badawi, Israel and Palestine consultant, Human Rights Watch

  • Thank you to everyone who joined our digital film festival screening + live Q&A on May 23. You can still watch the film at your own pace until May 27, and view the recording of the Q&A with filmmaker Ameen Nayfeh, actor Ali Suliman, producer May Odeh and Khulood Badawi, Israel and Palestine consultant, Human Rights Watch, moderated by Sari Bashi, Research Director at Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) here on our Vimeo page.

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Ameen Nayfeh


Arabic, Hebrew, English



Bonus Content

55 mins
'200 Meters' recorded Q&A

Sunday, May 23: Live Q&A for 200 Meters by Ameen Nayfeh.

Conversation with filmmaker Ameen Nayfeh, actor Ali Suliman, producer May Odeh and Khulood Badawi, Israel and Palestine consultant, Human Rights Watch, moderated by Sari Bashi, Research Director at Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN).

'200 Meters' Filmmaker Introduction

An introductory video from ‘200 Meters’ filmmaker Ameen Nayfeh

Abusive Israeli Policies Constitute Crimes of Apartheid, Persecution

Crimes Against Humanity Should Trigger Action to End Repression of Palestinians

Israeli authorities are committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution, Human Rights Watch said in a report released April 27, 2021. The finding is based on an overarching Israeli government policy to maintain the domination by Jewish Israelis over Palestinians and grave abuses committed against Palestinians living in the occupied territory, including East Jerusalem.

The report, “A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution,” examines Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. It presents the present-day reality of a single authority, the Israeli government, ruling primarily over the area between the Jordan River and Mediterranean Sea, populated by two groups of roughly equal size, and methodologically privileging Jewish Israelis while repressing Palestinians, most severely in the occupied territory. Read the report here.

Gaza: Israeli Restrictions Harm People with Disabilities

Israel’s 13-year closure of the Gaza Strip along with neglect by Hamas authorities, significantly encumber the day-to-day life of tens of thousands of Palestinians with disabilities, Human Rights Watch said on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities - December 3, 2020. Episodes of armed conflict have compounded the barriers that people with disabilities face, which include lack of accessibility of public spaces and widespread stigma.

Read the report here.

Israel/West Bank: Grant Palestinians Equal Rights

Israel should grant Palestinians in the West Bank rights protections at least equal to those afforded Israeli citizens, Human Rights Watch said in a report released December 17, 2019, citing Israel’s 52 years of occupation with no end in sight. The law of occupation permits occupiers to restrict some civil rights in the early days of an occupation based on limited security justifications, but sweeping restrictions are unjustified and unlawful after five decades.

The report, “Born Without Civil Rights: Israel’s Use of Draconian Military Orders to Repress Palestinians in the West Bank,” evaluates Israeli military orders that criminalize nonviolent political activity, including protesting, publishing material “having a political significance,” and joining groups “hostile” to Israel. Human Rights Watch examined several case studies to show that Israel unjustifiably relies on these sweeping orders to jail Palestinians for anti-occupation speech, activism, or political affiliations; outlaw political and other nongovernmental organizations; and shut down media outlets.

Read the report here.

Israel: Airbnb to End Settlement Rentals

The decision by Airbnb to stop listing properties in unlawful Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank is a positive step that other global tourism companies should follow, Human Rights Watch and Kerem Navot said in issuing a report November 20, 2018 about Airbnb and Booking.com’s activities in settlements.

The report, “Bed and Breakfast on Stolen Land: Tourist Rental Listings in West Bank Settlements,” traces the status of the land on which rental properties were built. Human Rights Watch and Kerem Navot evaluated how Airbnb and Booking.com contribute to making settlements sustainable economically and benefit from the serious rights abuses and entrenched discriminatory practices stemming from the settlements. Israelis and foreigners may rent properties in settlements, but Palestinian ID holders are effectively barred – the only example in the world the organizations found in which Airbnb hosts have no choice but to discriminate against guests based on national or ethnic origin.

Read the full report here.