Set in the Golan Heights, The Stranger tells the story of "a desperate unlicensed doctor who subverts his village's expectations when he accidentally encounters a wounded soldier from the Syrian war", as described in the film's IMDb summary.
The Stranger is the first instalment of a trilogy called Home.
The film stands out with its exceptional cinematography, a feat for which Director of Photography Niklas Lindschau was awarded Best Cinematography at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Written, directed, and edited by Fakher El-Din, The Stranger’s cast features Ashraf Barhoum, who won Best Actor at the Tiburon International Film Festival for The Curve and Mohammad Bakri, a multi-award winner, including Best Actor at Cannes for Wajib.
The Stranger premiered at the 78th Venice International Film Festival (2021) where it won the Edipo Re Award and was also nominated for the Giornate degli Autori Award.
It also won the Shadi Abdel-Salam Award for Best Film and the Best Arab Film Award at the International Critics' Week of the Cairo International Film Festival.
The film was Palestine’s submission to Best Foreign Film at the 2022 Academy Awards but did not secure a nomination.