Social drama, Arabic & Hebrew, 84 min.
Kamel lives with his brother and sister-in law at the edge of the Negev desert on land that has been in their Bedouin family since the Ottoman Empire. But since they have no paperwork to prove their ownership, their claim is disputed by the Israeli government. state officials eventually hand down an order for demolition of the family’s few small shacks. These stresses take the toll on the family, exacerbating existing tensions. Kamel, serves as a security guard at a central bus station. Khaled resents his brother’s willingness to work for the very government that is causing their problems, despite his reliance on Kamel’s income. When they try to appeal the demolition order, even the Bedouin Authority office advises them to accept compensation and abandon their land. The situation seems hopeless, until Kamel comes up with a plan.
Festivals & Awards :
Premiered at the Berlin Film Festival – Panorama 2012
Cannes Film Festival -ACID programme 2012
Jerusalem Film Festival 2012 [3 Awards including Best Feature Film Award]
Seattle International Film Festival – USA
Art Film Fest – Slovakia
Pesaro International Film Festival – Italy (Jury Special Mention)
Monterrey International Film Festival– Mexico
Montreal World Film Festival– Canada
Sarajevo Film Festival– Bosnia
Nara International Film Festival– Japan
Saint-Petersburg International Film Festival– Russia
Osnabruck Film Festival– Germany [Peace Award ]
Chicago International Film Festival– USA
Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains –Switzerland [Best Feature Film Award]
The film was distributed commercially in Israel and France.
Cast & Crew:
Director: Ami Livne
Script writer : Guy Ofran
Producers : Eyal Shiray (Golden Cinema, Israel)
Elie Meirovitz (EZ Films, France)
Itai Tamir (Laila Films, Israel)
Co-Producers: Fabian Gasmia, Henning Kamm (Detailfilm, Germany)
Film Funds: Israel Film Fund
Fondation Groupama Gan pour le Cinéma
Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH
Other Israel fund
Cast: Adnan Abu Wadi, Maysa Abed Alhadi, Adnan Abu Muhareb, Eli Menashe
Cinematographer: Boaz Yehonathan Ya’acov
Editor: Zohar Sela
Music: Assif Tsahar
Sound Designer : Alex Clod
Ami Livne- writer, director & producer based in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Graduated from the Beit-Berl College, Film Department in 2003.
Director: Sharqiya (2012)
Producer: Red Cow (2018), Here and Now (2018)My First Dog – Short (2018), Signer -Documentary(2018).