dir. David Osit | 2020 | NR | 89 min
Palestine | in English & Arabic with English subtitles
There have been many films illustrating the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The most compelling of these, like Mayor, get beyond the headlines by focusing on a character. Musa Hadid has charisma to spare, and as the mayor of Ramallah, he gives us a window into daily life his corner of the world. With a staff that can exasperate him, a decided lack of resources, and the frustrations of needing permission from Israel for something as basic as installing a sewage system, this doc at times plays like a Palestinian version of The Office. But while Hadid handles most of this with good humor, when the US vows to move its embassy to Jerusalem, it’s no laughing matter.