Bye Bye Tiberias

Directed by Lina Soualem

In her early twenties, Hiam Abbass left her native Palestinian village to follow her dream of becoming an actress in Europe, leaving behind her mother, grandmother, and seven sisters. 

Thirty years later, her filmmaker daughter Lina returns with her to the village and questions for the first time her mother’s bold choices, her chosen exile and the way the women in their family influenced both their lives. 

Set between past and present, Bye Bye Tiberias pieces together images of today, family footage from the nineties and historical archives to portray four generations of daring Palestinian women who keep their story and legacy alive through the strength of their bonds, despite exile, dispossession, and heartbreak.



"A tender and well crafted study of mother daughter remembrance."

Little White Lies

"Complex feelings of estrangement and reunion are beautifully evoked throughout."

Sight and Sound

83 minutes

Translated title:
(Bye bye Tibériade)

Arabic and French


Country of origin:
Belgium, France, Palestine and Qatar

Year of production:

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