The Pianist from Ramallah

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2020
  • 60 min.
  • Director(s): Avida Livny
  • Producer(s): Eitan Evan (Evanstone Films Ltd), Udi Zamberg (T.H. Productions Ltd)


Four years in the life of Muhammad “Misha” Alsheikh, a talented teenage pianist from Ramallah, who is the son of a Palestinian father and a mother who came from Russia. It takes Muhammad 3 hours to get from his house to a piano lesson with Emma, his Jewish-Israeli teacher who also came from Russia and now lives in Jerusalem, but his dream is bigger than borders. Between checkpoints, auditions and his father’s will that he will become a doctor, he tries to fulfill his dream of becoming a professional pianist – and also stay happy.

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Avida Livny


Eitan Evan (Evanstone Films Ltd), Udi Zamberg (T.H. Productions Ltd)


Nayef Hamud


Nili Feller

Original Language

Arabic, Russian, English


English, Czech

Sound Editing

Aviv Aldema

Festival Highlights


    Best Documentary
    Montreal Israeli Film Festival

Master of Art Film Festival, Bulgaria, Art and Children Category, 2022

BIKY International Film Festival, Korea, 2021

Montreal Israeli Film Festival, Canada, In competition, 2021

Solidarity Internatinoal Film Festival, Israel, Special Screening, 2021