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When Pigs Have Wings (2011)

After a tempest, fishermen do not find only fish in their nets. That is what happens to Jafaar, a poor fisherman who lives poorly in Gaza. And what he hauls in is really upsetting : imagine... See full summary »


Sylvain Estibal


Sylvain Estibal (screenplay)
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Sasson Gabai ... Jafaar (as Sasson Gabay)
Baya Belal Baya Belal ... Fatima
Myriam Tekaïa Myriam Tekaïa ... Yelena
Gassan Abbas Gassan Abbas ... Barber
Khalifa Natour ... Hussein
Lotfi Abdelli Lotfi Abdelli ... Young Policeman
Ulrich Tukur ... Officer U.N.
Khaled Riani Khaled Riani ... Salesman
Uri Gabay Uri Gabay ... Netsah
Ido Shaked Ido Shaked ... Soldier Terrasse 1
Thierry Lopez Thierry Lopez ... Soldier Terrasse 2
Zohar Wexler Zohar Wexler ... Colony Soldier
Maurad Saad ... Jihad Cameraman
Khereddine Ennasri Khereddine Ennasri ... Jihadist 3
David Leguesse David Leguesse ... Jihadist 2


After a tempest, fishermen do not find only fish in their nets. That is what happens to Jafaar, a poor fisherman who lives poorly in Gaza. And what he hauls in is really upsetting : imagine that, a pig! An unclean animal judged impure not only by the Faith of Islam but also by the Jewish religion. Determined to get rid of the animal, Jafaar tries desperately to sell it, first to a United Nations official, then to a Jewish colony where Yelena raises pigs not for their meat but for security reasons. Of course, going unnoticed in the company of a "forbidden" animal, among his Palestinian brothers, past Israeli soldiers and under the scrutiny of Islamic fundamentalists is no bed of roses and a series of misadventures await Jafaar.... Written by Guy Bellinger

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France | Germany | Belgium


English | Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

21 September 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuando los chanchos vuelen See more »


Box Office


€4,574,488 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Two pigs have been used called Charlotte and Babe. Both are female. See more »


Slim, the barber: You are armed, not the pig!
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Referenced in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2011 (2011) See more »

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Between farce and drama a movie that makes laugh and think
21 July 2014 | by yris2002See all my reviews

Watching a movie like this when every day the bulletin of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is tragically updated makes a weird effect, but the farcical facade of the story does not hide the tragedy of what has been going on in the Gaza strip for decades. So, it is impossible to deny the amusing side of a movie which really makes laugh, with moments of authentic humour, on the other hand the movie leaves also much to think about the absurdity of a never-ending struggle, without hurting anyone, but mainly siding with the weakest, those who neither win or lose, those who simply come under the conflict and suffer. So, no need to feel guilty for laughing, the drama is always there, to remind us the horror we hear and see in the news every day, but together with ordinary people's will to feel alive and free. Great acting by the whole cast, especially by Sasson Gabay interpreting Jafaar, full of passionate and realistic humanity, and for whom we cannot but feel empathy.

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