Congratulations on winning The Berlinale Documentary Award and The Panorama Audience Award to the Close Up Alumni cohort “No Other Land” team! 


We could not be prouder of the filmmakers Basel Adra, Hamdan Ballal, Yuval Abraham, Rachel Szor (seen here with Close Up Director Sigal Yehuda), whose WIP preview was included in the Silver Sun / Upstate Films presentation in Fall, 2023 in collaboration with Sigal Yehuda 

and the Close Up team.


‘No Other Land’ follows a Palestinian-Israeli collective who document how a beleaguered West Bank community is resisting the Israeli army. “Few films premiering in Berlin this year are likely to be as timely as No Other Land, a documentary that is particularly urgent and eye-opening in the context of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Film Comment Podcast, February 18, 2024. Erika Balsom, Beatrice Loayza, Giovanni Marchine Camia

Screen Daily Review, by Jonathan Romney, February 17, 2024 




The association of female film directors of Peru (NUNA/CINE) brings together on this occasion the American documentary filmmaker and human rights activist Pamela Yates, director of the film Grain of Sand, who will be accompanied by Karen S Goodman, director of Silver Sun Foundation. Presented at at the Cultural Center of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (CCPUCP) of San Isidro, Lima.

Pamela Yates directs films about war crimes, racism and genocide in the United States and Latin America. His film State of Fear: The Truth about Terrorism (2006), which talks about the conclusions of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on the conflict internally in Peru, it was translated into 44 languages and broadcast in 157 countries.

Filmmaker Pamela Yates and Silver Sun Director Karen Sloe Goodman in conversation with Peruvian Filmmakers


SILVER SUN in partnership with CLOSE UP



Silver Sun Director Karen Sloe Goodman with Close Up Filmmakers presenting their WIP films at the festival in Florence, Italy.


Close Up Summary Report 2019 2023.pdf

Resistance Through Filmmaking


Silver Sun/Close Up Event – Sunday, September 17 at  

Two work-in-progress films + a selection from one award-winning debut feature are accompanied by their makers from Lebanon, Tunisia, Palestine and Israel. They all explore themes of identity, belonging, and displacement. “Trash Cemetery” (dir: Firas Rebiai & producer: Dhia Rebiai, Tunisia, USA) Once a heavenly village in the outskirts of Tunis, Tunisia, El Attar turned into a living hell once the Mediterranean’s biggest landfill opened on its doorsteps. While villagers engage in a fierce fight, Barbesha ragpickers align with the more powerful landfill. Director will attend the event in person for Q&A. “No Other Land” (dir: Basel Adraa, Yuval Abraham, Rachel Szor, Hamdan Balal, Palestine & Israel)  For the past ten years, Basel, a young Palestinian activist, has been filming his community being destroyed by Israeli soldiers. During the darkest year of his life, he develops an unlikely relationship with an Israeli journalist. With recorded presentation by the filmmakers.) “Q”  (Selected scenes, dir: Jude Chehab (Lebanon, USA)  In her exceptional debut feature, Chehab potently explores her mother’s devotion to an all-female, secretive religious order in Syria, showing how it upended their mother-daughter relationship and the dynamic of the whole family. Director and editor will attend the Q&A via Zoom.

This program is presented by Silver Sun Foundation, (Woodstock, NY) in partnership with Close Up, a development program that provides training and mentorship for emerging documentary filmmakers from Southwest Asia and North Africa (SWANA) with a strong mission for pluralism, cultural understanding, and artistic freedom.

Winter 2022 Silver Sun Artist-in-Residence

Writer Max Friedlich’s award-winning play JOB returns to Off-Broadway in 2023!


After completing the play during his 2023 Residency at Silver Sun, Max Friedlich’s JOB had its world premiere at SoHo Playhouse from September 6 to October 29, 2023. Following rave reviews, JOB sold out its initial run and extended for an additional three weeks, selling out within hours.

JOB returns in 2024!

A LIMITED ENGAGEMENT: JANUARY 19-MARCH 3 At the Connelly Theater, 220 E 4th St, NY, NY 10009