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(David Osit, 2020)

Featuring a conversation with the filmmaker and Alissa Wilkinson

Stream | Midwest Premiere

A man in a suit, seen from behind and from the shoulders up, looks out over a hazy city landscape.

One of the year’s most acclaimed documentaries, Mayor is a real-life political saga following Musa Hadid, the Christian mayor of Ramallah, during his second term in office.

Hadid’s immediate goals: repave the sidewalks, attract more tourism, and plan the city’s Christmas celebrations. His ultimate mission: to end the occupation of Palestine. This balance of micro and macro political issues showcased in Mayor provides a unique backdrop that’s amplified by the world’s seeming indifference to Ramallah’s struggles. Rich with detailed observation and a surprising amount of humor, the film offers a portrait of dignity amid the absurdity of endless occupation while posing a crucial question: how do you run a city when you don’t have a country? (89 mins., digital video)

This presentation includes a conversation between David Osit and Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson.

View the complete Unorthodocs 2020 lineup.

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"Thoughtful and gripping… There are whiffs of Veep-like humor throughout Mayor… but it’s also a sincere tale of a public servant who’s seeking to lead in a world that’s stacked against him.”"
A man in a suit, seen from behind and from the shoulders up, looks out over a hazy city landscape.

Image courtesy of the filmmaker

Close-up of a mustachioed man with his head cocked

Image courtesy of the filmmaker

A man with a mustache wears sunglasses and a jacket while waving.

Image courtesy of the filmmaker

Organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts and curated by Associate Curator of Film/Video Chris Stults.

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Past Film/Video