Scene from the film Good Times
Scene from the film Good Times
Scene from the film Good Times
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Good Times

  • Italy
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Focusing on Abu Dis, a Palestinian neighbourhood in east Jerusalem, Good Times offers a most striking image of the separation wall built by the Israeli government. This immense wall, which has divided the neighbourhood in two, appears regularly in newspapers, magazines and on TV, but what was life like in Abu Dis before the wall was built? This documentary begins by showing Abu Dis before the construction of the existing wall, when a temporary wall was built in the centre of the neighbourhood, and continues by depicting the life of the people who live nearby as the permanent wall is erected. The inhabitants of Abu Dis and the Israeli soldiers posted in the neighbourhood share an absurd daily routine and the relationship between them is revealed as a microcosm of life in this part of the world. Via this ongoing documentation of the happenings in this specific location, the film narrates a fundamental historical event from the very beginning to the interim conclusion it arrives at.

Italian subtitles are available for download only in DVD format.


  • Original Title
    Good Times
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Dalia Castel , Alessandro Cassigoli
  • Cinematography
    Dalia Castel , Alessandro Cassigoli
  • Editing
    Dalia Castel
  • Music
    Luca Corrado, Gabriele di Majo
  • Runtime
    32 min (31-45 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Italy
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Dalia Castel / Alessandro Cassigoli
      • Berlin, Germany
      • Germany
  • Distribution
      • Dalia Castel / Alessandro Cassigoli
      • Berlin, Germany
      • Germany
  • Festivals
    • DOK Leipzig 2004
    • Silverdocs (Usa 2005)
    • Cambridge Film Festival (U.K. 2005)
    • Thessaloniki (Greece 2005)
    • Festival dei Popoli (Italy 2005)
    • Genova Film Festival (Italy 2005)
    • Film & Medien Festival Ludwigsburg (Germany 2005)
    • Nurnberg Festival (Germany 2005)
    • AFO Int. Film Festival (Czech Republic 2005)
    • Docupolis Barcelona (Spain 2005)
  • Awards
    • “ver.di” prize at DOK LEIPZIG Festival (Germany 2004)
    • 1st prize “Best Short” at Full Frame Doc. Festival (USA 2005)
    • 1st prize at Punto de Vista (Spain 2005)
    • “Audience Award” & “Human Rights Award” at Documenta Madrid (Spain 2005)
    • 1st prize at Cinema del Reale (Italy 2005)
    • “Human Rights Award” at Carmona Film Festival (Spain 2005)
    • 1st prize at Danifilma (Bosnia & Hercegovina 2006)
    • 1st prize at Artimage Graz (Austria 2006)
    • Urban TV prize (Spain 2007) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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