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Yousry Nasrallah's powerful adaptation of Lebanese writer Elias Khoury's epic novel of fifty years of Palestinian dispossession, exile, and resistance. The film follows the flight of Younes, his wife Nahila, and those around them, from their village in northern Palestine to a refugee camp in Lebanon. Some vow to continue the struggle, most simply struggle to survive. Unsparingly detailing the impact of the nakba (disaster) on Palestinian life and society and the refugees' often-contentious relationship with their reluctant Lebanese hosts, Gate of the Sun spans generations, mixing personal stories with historical events.

  1. Yousry Nasrallah

    Director, Writer

  2. Muhammad Suwaid


Top Billed Cast

  1. Hiam Abbass

    Hiam Abbass

    Um Youness

  2. Rim Turkhi


  3. Béatrice Dalle

    Béatrice Dalle


  4. Orwa Nyrabia


  5. Basim Samra

    Basim Samra


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The Gate of the Sun


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Original Title باب الشمس‎‎

Status Released

Release Information

  • May 18, 2004


Original Language Arabic

Runtime 4h 38m

Budget -

Revenue -



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