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حكاية الجواهر الثلاث

Tale of the Three Jewels

"Michel Khleifi's film is a glimmering parable about the meaning of life, about beauty and freedom and about the three borders that govern our destiny: time, space and flesh...a jewel" - The Independent on Sunday, London


Yussef, a twelve-year old Palestinian, is a child of the Intifada: while his father is in prison and his brother a fugitive from the Israeli army, he lives alone with his mother and sister. Even though his life is constantly marked by violence, he lives in his imagination, often escaping from the refugee-camps to the Gaza country-side. One day, as he is bird-hunting, he becomes the hero of a modern-day tale: he falls in love with Aida, a young gypsy girl who is the "leader" of a group of children. In order to marry her, Yussef must first find the three jewels missing from a family necklace, brought from South America by the girl's grand-father.

How can Yussef reach such a distant continent? His quest, woven into the daily lives of the people of Gaza, will lead him to his death and at the same time to his resurrection thanks to a wise old man who recites to him the enigmatic words inscribed on a manuscript which Yussef must first find and then throw into a desert well... It is thus that Yussef not only discovers the three jewels but also life and its meaning.

Cast & Crew


Mohammed Nahhal

Hana' Ne'meh

Ghassan Abu Libda

Makram Khouri

Bushra Qaraman 

Mohammed Bakri

Major Awards

Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival, 1995

Golden Butterfly , Isfahan Children Film Festival 

Grand Prix des Lycéens , Nantes Film Festival 

Prix des Elèves Francophones , Film Festival Ragazzi, Bellinzona 

Silver Olive-tree and Critics Prize at the Festival of Mediterranean Culture, Bastia