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Short Palestinian film on Sheikh Jarrah goes viral

Young Palestinian director Omar Rammal is still reaping positive reactions to his short film, "The Place," which he produced and posted on social media during recent events in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem.
A screenshot from the film "The Place."

RAMALLAH, West Bank — On May 15, Palestinian film director Omar Rammal, 23, posted his short film, “The Place," on his YouTube channel, but he never expected it to go viral. “I believed it would receive broad acclaim, but not to this extent,” Rammal told Al-Monitor.

The video, which he first posted on his Instagram account on May 15, garnered more than 6 million views, and several other channels shared his film. Rammal posted his film without copyrights for it to be available to anyone who wants to repost it, so as to convey the reality in Palestine, and in Sheikh Jarrah in particular, to the whole world.

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