Palestine

HAIFA

Palästina 1996
Regie: Rashid Masharawi
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TICKET TO JERUSALEM

Jaber and Sana live in a camp near Ramallah. Much to everyone’s pleasure, Jaber sets up a travelling cinema in the occupied territories. Sana works at the Red Crescent. The mounting tension in the territories increasingly prevents Jaber from passing through but then he gets talked into organising a screening for a school in Old Jerusalem. Rashid Mashawari defines Ticket to Jerusalem as a fictional documentary. Or the other way round. This definition fits his film perfectly for most characters play themselves, only Jaber and Sana are played by professionals. The resulting verism takes on its full meaning in the light of the situation and the conditions under which such a film is shot because it has to make do with the surrounding reality: for instance, a scene may be cancelled at any time or a road block barring access affects both the film characters and the crew. This film gives us privileged insight into everyday life in occupied Palestine and into the stoic and creative attitude of its inhabitants. It is a work of fiction which turns into a documentary because of external circumstances. read more

TWO STATES OF MIND

As a “peace team”, an Israeli and a Palestinian take part in a women’s rally across the Moroccan desert. Their friendship works because political topics are not allowed to dominate their relationship. In their conversations it becomes clear how much tolerance, trust, and generosity are needed to accept the other’s political points of view.

Israel/Palestine 2001
Regie: Shira Richter
62 min, Video, Farbe, arab.-israel. OF mit engl. UT