After years on Israel's most wanted list, a Palestinian militant leader renounces violence for cultural resistance. His losses are great but his hopes are greater.

Know Hope is the first feature-length documentary by filmmaker Simon Clode.

Simon has been working on this project since his first visit to the West Bank in 2011. Visiting as a researcher with another project, Simon was instantly troubled by the situation between Palestine and Israel. Whilst in Jenin, Simon met Zakaria Zubeidi, former head of the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade in Jenin and latterly the co-founder of The Freedom Theatre which encourages young people and women to engage in the arts as a means of peaceful resistance and rehabilitation. Zakaria is a Freedom fighter, a symbol of the second intifada and ambassador to cultural resistance. He is a man of some notoriety and legend, he is a straight talking, funny, family man. A true believer in the freedom of people, Palestinian or Israeli.

The research project Simon was working on was sadly cut short after the murder of Juliano Mer Khamis, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Freedom Theatre. This tragic event was the catalyst for Simon to explore the story of Zakaria, the Freedom Theatre and their hope for the future of Palestine.

Presented in English and Arabic, Know Hope is made up of many hours of interviews and footage shot over the past 3 years in the West Bank, and is nearing post-production. Simon has launched a crowdfunding campaign in order to complete the film. The Know Hope crowdfunder page has details of how you can contribute.

The coming months will be very busy as the project moves forward at full speed. If you’d like to be kept up to date with its development please sign up to our mailing list below, like our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

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