Wednesday, 27th of May 2009, at 7:30 pm (19:30)
Screening Discussion with Shai Carmeli Pollack
"Bi'lin Habibti - Bi'lin My love"
A documentary by Shai Carmeli Pollack, 2006
The film exposes a struggle for non-violent resistance and the extraordinary relationship formed between the villagers and a group of Israeli activists
The movie"Bil'in Habibti" (2006) produced by Claudius Films is about the village of Bil'in that is about to lose over a half of its territory to the Security Barrier and to the Jewish settlement of Modi'in Elite. The residents of the village decide to embark on a struggle against the construction of the barrier and are joined by international and Israeli activists. The director, Shay Carmeli Pollak accompanies the village's struggle for over a year, focusing on two central figures: Mohamed, a member of the village's local committee against the barrier, and Wagee, farmer and father of ten, who is losing the majority of his land to the barrier and to the settlement.
Bi'ilin Habibti by Shai Carmeli Pollack, 2006,
The film exposes a struggle for non-violent resistance and the extraordinary relationship formed between the villagers and a group of Israeli activists, on the backdrop of their struggle. The conflict that arises between Shai and the soldiers serving in the area is not only between a director and the subjects that he is documenting, but also the conflict between a former soldier, turned peace activist, and the entire military organization.
Shai Carmeli Pollak is a prominent director, screenwriter, and cinematographer. His movie, "Bil'in Habibti" won the Wolgin Award for Full-length Documentary Film at the Jerusalem International Film Festival 2006 and honorable Mention - ‘Movies That Matter Award’ at Rotterdam Film Festival 2007. Since the movie was made Bil’in has also won a court victory, where High Court in Israel ruled that the wall should be moved so that farmers have access to their farm land. Shay can talk about his experience as an Israeli in solidarity with Palestinians in many villages and struggles across the West Bank.
Directed by: Shai Carmeli Pollack
Produced by: Claudius Films |
The film is winner of
2006, Wolgin Award Best Documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival; Best Documentary,
2006 Rotterdam Film festival (Honorable Mention);