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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Umm al-Hiran

Umm al-Hiran

director: Uri Schachter, Kateřina Traburová, Hana Nováková
original title: Umm al-Hiran
country: Israel, Czech Republic
year: 2017
running time: 11 min.

synopsis

Under the surface of the modern state of Israel there lie stories that are largely hidden from European visitors. One of these is the fate of Palestinian Bedouins in underdeveloped areas living in unrecognized villages. A meditatively experimental film by an Israeli-Czech team captures the atmopshere of these places and the tragic fates of some of their inhabitants.

biography

Hana Nováková (1978) is the director of the Czech Television weekly Don't Give Up. She focuses on themes of alienated people and nature.
Kateřina Traburová (1993), a producer and filmmaker, works with directors such as Šimon Štefanides.

more about film

director: Uri Schachter, Kateřina Traburová, Hana Nováková
producer: Martin Řezníček, Avner Faingulernt
editing: Avisag Ben Bassat

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