Year: 2009
USA: IFC Films
UK: New Wave Films
Cast: Elia Suleiman, Saleh Bakri, Sama Qudha Tanus, Shafika Bajjali, Tareq Qubti, Zuhair Abu Hanna, Ayman Espanioli, Bilal Zidani, Leila Mouammar, Amer Hlehel, Nina Jarjoura, George Khleifi, Nati Ravitz, Manashe Noy, Ali Suliman, Isabelle Ramadan, Ziyad Bakri, Lotuf Neusser, Avi Kleinberger
Director: Elia Suleiman
Countries: Palestine / France
Language: Arabic / Hebrew (English subtitles)
USA: 109 mins
UK: 105 mins
USA Rated: Unrated
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language, once very strong
USA Release Date: 7 January 2011 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 28 May 2010 (Limited Release)


Inspired by director, Elia Suleiman’s father’s private diaries and his mother’s letters to family members who were forced to leave the country, THE TIME THAT REMAINS is a semi-autobiographical film. Opening from when his father was a resistance fighter in 1948 to the present, the film is in four episodes.

A combination of the director’s intimate memories of them and with them, the film attempts to portray the daily life of Palestinians who remained. Living as a minority in their own homeland, they were known as "Israeli-Arabs".