Ave Maria

SATURDAY  |  Screen 3  |  7:23 PM
Sunday  |  Screen 3  |  5:08 PM

The Film

Nuns of the ‘Sisters of Mercy’ convent in the middle of the West Bank wilderness have their daily routine of silence and prayer disrupted when a family of religious Israeli settlers crash their car into the convent’s wall. The Sabbath is approaching and they need to get home urgently, however, because of the Sabbath laws, the Israelis can’t operate a phone to call for assistance, and the Nuns have taken a vow of silence. Together they have to come up with an unorthodox plan to help them get home.

Run time: 15 mins


Cast & Credits





Director of Photography


Production Designer

Costume Designer

Hair & Make up


Sound Editor


Basil Khalil

Basil Khalil / Daniel Yanez Khalil

Eric DuPont / Eric Fantone

Helge Albers

Eric Mizrahi

Basil Khalil

Bashar Hassoun

Chris Issa

Rasha Suleiman

Jamie Serafi

Mathieu Choux

The Artist

In the film I [Basil Khalil] focus on the strict rules and obligations that the nuns and Israeli settlers adhere to, which sometimes border on the absurd, preventing each of these groups from interacting with each other despite living on the same piece of land. However, sometimes due to exceptional circumstances, their two worlds collide, leaving them with no choice but to recognize the absurdity of their strict rules, whether they be political or religious, and ultimately break them. They have to work together to overcome their differences, even if it’s just for a few hours.