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.
FOLLOWED BY DISCUSSION WITH FILMMAKER AHMAD BARGOUTHI AND PRODUCER MAYA DE VRIES, CHAIRED BY JO GLANVILLE, DIRECTOR OF ENGLISH PEN
Attending this event
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 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
- Dirs. Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Bargouthi, Mohammad Fuad, Tal Haring, Yona Rozenkier, Nir Sa'ar, Maya Sarfaty, Pini Tavger
- Israel, Palestine
- 120 min
- Yael Perlov, Kobi Mizrahi and Maya De Vries
- Edgard Tenembaum
- Initiator and Artistic Director
- Yael Perlov
- Produced by
- Tel Aviv University and Tu Vas Voir (France)
“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
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.
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.
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.
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.