Short Films- Original Productions
Short Films about the Nakba and the Palestinian Refugees. Orginial Producation by local filmamakers made especially for the 48 mm film festivals


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Destruction

Director: Avi Dabah, 2013

6 min

In 2010, on a stormy morning, hundreds of masked and armed police troopers reached the house of the Abu-Id family, to execute a demolition order. The bulldozers demolished the house, destroying all the possessions inside. Three years later, a small crew of archaeologists exposes the remains which were buried under the ruins.

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Mirror Image 

Director: Danielle Schwartz, 2013

10 min

Jewish Israeli grandparents are challenged by their grandchild to compose an agreed-upon version of the untold story of a large crystal mirror, taken from the destroyed Palestinian village of Zarnuqa. An intimate discussion that reflects on the presence of the Nakba in the lives of Jewish Israelis and addresses its silenced remnants, located at the very center of our lives

Winner of the Van Leer Award for Best Short Documentary Film, Jerusalem Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize in Short Competition at DOC NYC Documentary Film Festival.

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Abu Arab

Director: by Mona Dohar, 2013

13 min

The movie focuses on the third generation of the Nakba and their dilemmas around their Palestinian identity, to the point of fear of losing it. Seventeen year-old Muna Thaher, the granddaughter of Abu-‛Arab, a refugee from Safuriyya, takes us on a voyage in search of the reasons for the split in Palestinian identity and its fragmentation among youths who now define themselves as Israelis. Along the way, Muna recounts the history of her family’s displacement from the village in the Galilee, as bequeathed by her grandfather across the generations.
 

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TThe Shack

Director: Salim Abu-Jabal, 2013

12 min

Yussuf Hassan is a refugee from Wadi Salib neighborhood in Haifa. His wife Amna Hassan is a refugee from the village of Yassur in the south. They live peacefully in a shack in Wadi Rushmiya, in the outskirts of Haifa, with radio news bulletins being their only source of information about the outside world. Nobody bothered to notify them that the municipality had decided to pave a highway across the riverbed that is their home. They refuse to be evacuated and consider their displacement from their natural environment a second expulsion.

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The National Park
Director: Amir Yatziv, 2014

4 min
Computer animation based on dozens of structures in uprooted Palestinian villages, laserscanned and sequenced to form a single virtual village. A female character describes the view - a description borrowed from brochures of so-called National Parks built over the ruins of these villages.

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Welcome Back

Director: Guy Königstein, 2014

8 min
In the midst of the recent round of violence in Southern Israel, the filmmaker invites a group of friends to the rural community where he was born, in the Upper Galilee, to organize a reception for Palestinian returnees. How will the group face this challenge?

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All Rights Reserved

Directors : Laila Bettermann & Anael Resnick, 2014

Taboo - Social prohibition against names, activities, people and conversation subjects considered undesirable. Violating a taboo is seen as a despicable act.Tabu – Property title deed. When the house and its tenants want to tell a story but are silenced by the taboo, objects have to speak in their stead. A house turns into a tile, a landlord into a lock and a meeting into a cup of tea.
 

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Man with Two Beards
Director: Amir Yatziv, 2015

A group of students received a collection of drawings taken from history textbooks of the two nations. The film presents the story composed by the children on the basis of these drawings.
 

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Take 3
Director: Ayelet Bachar, 2015
 
A Palestinian refugee returns to visit his destroyed village near Ramle in 1969, and is filmed for an Israeli documentary. Thirty years later, in a different documentary but in a remarkably similar scene, a refugee visits his village again. By an amazing coincidence, they turn out to be the same person: Abu-Muhammad from the village of ‛Anaba. The film returns to these documentaries through the eyes of their directors, Ram Levi and Ra’anan Alexandrovich. Could the return scene be filmed for the third time?


 

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There
Director: Talia Hofmann, 2016

20 min

During 24 hours people and cargo pile upon a refugee truck which is stuck in    the Judea-plain. Lingering between past and future, the ongoing moment of lacking knowledge turns itself into a state of life.

Sham (there) is the second of a film series made as part of the 'Guava' platform. “Guava” is a platform for art actions that challenges the possibility of free movement and the removal of borders in the Middle East. It practices political imagination, involving the area of the Middle East and it’s residents, through film, video, performance and participatory art.

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 Lighthouse
2015 ,Director:  Itay Akirav, Produced by Jeries Copty, Tony Copty 

Seventy-one year-old Abu-George wakes up in his new home in Lod (Lydda) to yet another gray morning and walks out. During the day, we will discover what he left behind and what he would never be able to

 

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