Return to Haifa, directed by Iraqi director Kassem Hawal in 1982 is often considered to be the "first Palestinian film". It is based on the 1969 novella of the same name written by Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani.
The film tells the story of Safia and Saeed, who are forced by gunfire and artillery to leave their 5-month-old son Khaldoun in the city of Haifa when they are expelled in April 1948. Twenty years later, with the 1967 war and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the couple is able to travel to Haifa. They discover that Khaldoun, now Dov, was adopted by Jewish immigrants arriving in 1948, and – now 20 years old – has recently enlisted in the Israeli army