Film about Palestinian hunger striker to be screened at Cannes festival

The film depicts the relationship between a prisoner, journalist Mohammed al-Qiq, and an Israeli investigator. (Photo courtesy: Twitter/@Hos_Shaker)

A film about the true story of the Palestinian hunger striker who protested being held in an Israeli detention without trial will be featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The film,“Al-Qeeq,” is directed by Palestinian screenwriter Nawras Abu Saleh, who plays the role of al-Qiq. Just Over 10-minutes long, the film depicts the relationship between a prisoner, journalist Mohammed al-Qiq, and an Israeli investigator.

Al-Qiq, 33, was arrested in November 2015 by Israeli security forces and detained on suspicion of being involved in Hamas terrorist activity.

He began his hunger strike four days after his arrest and ended the 94-day protest last month, after a deal was struck between Palestinian and Israeli officials.

His strike was in protest against the Israeli military for not charging or releasing him from the military detention centre where he was being held. He had been surviving on nothing but water for over three months.

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