A fascinating documentary. (Variety) Anat Even and Ada Ushpiz manage to present these stories in a way that is less about the conflict and more about the human plight of the three women. (Eye on Film)
Content Najwa, Nawal and Siham, three Palestinian widows, live with their 11 children in a house on Shuhada Street in Hebron. Their house lies on the border; the façade is under Israeli occupation, the Palestinian authority controls the back. At the entrance to the house a military post, on the roof the Israeli army has placed a watch point over Palestinian Hebron. Three women, trapped in the middle, constantly surrounded by Israeli soldiers, carry on their difficult lives in a perverse situation: the occupation becomes a routine, the absurd becomes a given. This is the story of an occupation that extends to the staircase and the roof of the house, where it encounters poverty, loneliness, pain, but also the small joys of everyday life. This is an internal prison, the external one is the ongoing occupation.
DVD-Info Anat Even & Ada Ushpiz, Israel 2001, 73 min., Hebr./Arab. Subtitles: English Synopsis, credits, directors’ biographies PAL, no regional code
Awards Audience Award best Documentary Film, Ybor Festival Special Mention, Documentary Film Festival Lisbon Goldenen Dove, International Film Festival Leipzig Ecumenical Jury Award, International Documentary Film Festival Leipzig Special Mention, International Documentary Film Festival Jerusalem
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