Event details

FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSION WITH FILMMAKER AHMAD BARGOUTHI AND PRODUCER MAYA DE VRIES, CHAIRED BY JO GLANVILLE, DIRECTOR OF ENGLISH PEN

Attending this event

Jo Glanville

Jo Glanville is director of English PEN, a charity that supports the freedom to read and write. She was an award-winning editor of Index on Censorship and is a former BBC current affairs producer. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize 2013.

Ahmad Bargouthi

Ahmad Bargouthi is one of the participant directors in the Water Project. Ahmad has a vast experience in production and editing, and he teaches film editing in Alasarya College, Ramallah. Kareem’s Pool is his first film.

Maya de Vries

Maya De Vries is one of the producers of the Water Project. Maya is a PhD. student in the Media & Journalism department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Maya has experience in documentary production from her previous work at Ir-Amim (NGO) and Tel Aviv University.

Films screening at this event

Water: Israeli-Palestinian Cinematic Project

Director
Dirs. Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Bargouthi, Mohammad Fuad, Tal Haring, Yona Rozenkier, Nir Sa'ar, Maya Sarfaty, Pini Tavger
Country
Israel, Palestine
Year
2012
Duration
120 min
Producers
Yael Perlov, Kobi Mizrahi and Maya De Vries
Co-producer
Edgard Tenembaum
Initiator and Artistic Director
Yael Perlov
Produced by
Tel Aviv University and Tu Vas Voir (France)

UK PREMIERE

“OMNIBUS FILMS RARELY DISPLAY THE CONSISTENCY OF QUALITY SEEN HERE. WATER IS RICH IN FILM STYLES: SOCIAL DRAMA (STILL WATERS), ROMANCE (NOW AND FOREVER), DOCU PORTRAIT (THE WATER SELLER), FLY-ON-THE-WALL REPORTAGE (THE CLIMAX OF KAREEM’S POOL), RECREATION (EYE DROPS), FLASHBACK (DROPS), EVEN PERFORMANCE- DRIVEN FARCE (RAZ AND RAJDA)” Variety

Israeli and Palestinian directors, worked together to create short fiction and documentary films, referring to the vital issue of water. Initiated by the Department of Film and Television at Tel-Aviv University, Water is a unique cinematic co-operative project: the filmmakers took part in joint meetings, presenting ideas to each other, consulting with experts from both sides and working in mixed crews of Palestinians and Israelis.

The result is a series of highly personal, varied films, together offering an illuminating picture of the complexities surrounding this simple, essential yet contentious natural resource. While reflecting the conflicted reality of the Middle East, the films transcend slogans and propaganda, offering instead an example of cinema’s ability to create a space for dialogue and cooperation.

OPENING FILM – Venice International Critic’s Week 2012

STILL WATERS

Dirs. Nir Sa’ar, Maya Sarfaty

A couple from Tel Aviv finds respite in an ancient spring close to Jerusalem, which they share with Palestinians who are commuting to their illegal jobs in Israel.

THE WATER SELLER

Dir. Mohammad Fuad

As he makes his daily rounds, Bethlehem water seller Abu Firas comes face to face with the water crisis in the West Bank.

RAZ AND RADJA

Dir. Yona Rozenkier

Israeli soldier and his Palestinian prisoner work to jump-start a broken army trunk in the presence of a persistent donkey.
multicultural Britain.

EYE DROPS

Dir. Mohammad Bakri

Based on a true story, a man and his two sons help their elderly neighbour with her eye drops, forming a bond with the Holocaust survivor as their relationship grows.

KAREEM’S POOL

Dir. Ahmad Bargouthi

Returning to Palestine after 30 years in Chicago, 70-year-old Kareem used a natural spring on his land to create a swimming resort for Palestinians, until armed settlers intrude on the peaceful oasis.

DROPS

Dir. Pini Tavger

An escaping soldier takes refuge in a military base bathroom, finding himself immersed in memories as he listens to the sound of water drops.

NOW AND FOREVER

Dir. Tal Haring

While she waits for her parents to take her to a matchmaking meeting, a young Orthodox girl hides from the Arab plumber who has arrived to make repairs and they form an impromptu friendship.