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Original name: Lyd
English name: Lyd
Year: 2023
Run time: 78 mins
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Palestine, UK, USA
Director: Rami Younis, Sarah Ema Friedland
Producer: Sawsan Asfari, Fivel Rothberg, Rami Younis, Sarah Ema Friedland
Cast: Eissa Fanous, Jihad Baba, Manar Meme, Maha Nakib, Um Hassan Tarteer, Tarteer Family, Orwa Switat, Maisa Abd Elhadi
Screenplay: Rami Younis, Sarah Ema Friedland, Eyas Salman
Cinematographer: Sarah Ema Friedman
Editor: Eyas Salman
Sound Designer: Fivel Rothberg
Music Composer: Haitam Bishara
Production Company: Perinspire LLC, Cacoon Films
World Sales: Arab Cinema Center


  • Amman IFF 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • Rami Younis: 2023 Lyd (Documentary)
  • Sarah Ema Friedland: 2023 Lyd (Documentary)

Director’s Biography:

Rami Younis

Rami Younis: Rami Younis is a Palestinian writer and cultural activist from Lyd. He is one of the founders of the Palestinian activist group Khotweh, which was active on the issues of home demolitions and Palestinian identity in Lyd and Ramleh, mixed Jewish-Arab cities.

Sarah Ema Friedland

Sarah Ema Friedland: Sarah Ema Friedland is a filmmaker and artist rooted in creative non-fiction. She was named one of the “Top 10 Independent Filmmakers to Watch” by the Independent Magazine, and is a recipient of the Paul Robeson award from the Newark Museum, and was nominated for a New York Emmy.


Lyd is a sci-fi documentary that follows the rise and fall of Lyd — a 5,000-year-old metropolis that was once a bustling Palestinian town until it was conquered when the State of Israel was established in 1948. As the film unfolds, a chorus of characters creates a tapestry of the Palestinian experience of this city and the trauma left by the massacre and expulsion.