MEMORY OF THE CACTUS: A STORY OF THREE PALESTINIAN VILLAGES

Muhr Arabic Documentary
Palestine / 2008 / Arabic, English, Hebrew dialogue with English, Arabic subtitles / Colour / DVCam / 42 minutes

Winner of Muhr Arab / Documentary / First Prize: Hanna Musleh (Director)

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Synopsis

A 42-minute documentary film, using a cactus as a metaphor for collective memory. The film addresses the story of the destruction of the Palestinian villages of Latroun in the Occupied West Bank and the forcible transfer of their civilian population in 1967. Over 40 years later, the Israeli occupation continues, and villagers remain displaced. The film follows two separate but parallel journeys. Aisha Um Najeh takes us down the painful road that Palestinians have been forcefully pushed down, separating them in time and place from the land they nurtured; while Israelis walk freely through that land, enjoying its fruits. The stems of the cactus, however, are the only remaining visible reminders of what used to exist.

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Documentary

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