Skip to Content

Slideshow

MAYOR

Now Streaming

RENT NOW
$12.00 for 48-hour rental. Your rental helps support Film Forum.

DIRECTED BY DAVID OSIT

WINNER – Grand Jury Prize, 2020 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Filmmaker David Osit subtly – and with a keen eye for black humor – explores the absurdities of a worldly politician trying to turn his city into a Middle Eastern Amsterdam while in the midst of a geopolitical storm. Follow the mayor of Ramallah – de facto capital of the Palestinian people – and you’ll see him greeting grateful constituents on the street, planning the town’s neon-bright Christmas celebrations, mulling “city branding” slogans with his aides in an effort to boost tourism…or dodging gunfire from an Israeli army fracas. It’s all in a day’s work for Mayor Musa Hadid, a liberal Christian and civil engineer by training, whose charming public persona is balanced by a self-effacing, realist streak. “I feel jealous when I visit other cities,” he laments. “They can do so much that we cannot.” “Thoughtful and gripping. There are whiffs of Veep-like humor throughout MAYOR. It’s also a sincere tale of a public servant who’s seeking to lead in a world that’s stacked against him.” – Alissa Wilkinson, Vox

Presented with support from the Richard Brick, Geri Ashur, and Sara Bershtel Fund for Social Justice Documentaries.

USA / UK     2020     89 MINS.     FILM MOVEMENT     IN ENGLISH AND ARABIC WITH ENGLISH SUBITTLES

Reviews

“Thrilling and perceptive. The best new film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Offers a striking new perspective on that struggle, with a personal on-the-ground quality matched by grand tonal ambitions that makes it the best of its subgenre. An operatic verite drama that often dips into bureaucratic black comedy and unnerving suspense.
– Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Impressive. Engrossing. A study in politics both micro and macro, showing what happens when the two come fatefully crashing together.
– Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

“Astonishing. Gripping and surprisingly witty... Osit brings a respectful approach that admirably never registers as observations of a patronizing Westerner.
– Tomris Laffly, Variety

“Subtly electrifying... deeply affecting. A movie full of vitalising, delicate observations.
– Robert Greene, Sight & Sound

Trailer