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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Home of One's Own
Home of One's Own
Home of One's Own
Home of One's Own
Home of One's Own

Home of One's Own

director: Ruba Atiyeh
original title: Home of One's Own
country: Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt
year: 2020
running time: 80 min.


Ruba Atiyeh was born in Lebanon but she grew up in exile with the rest of her family. The cinematic experiment Home of One’s Own is an expression of alienation that shaped her identity. Using a camera and candid dialogues, she tries to get closer to her mother and to understand her own nature, her own roots through her mother’s destiny, demands and expectations. The intimate autotherapeutic video diary, where the director’s memories powerfully blend with those of her mother, can be seen as a record of the effort to find a narrative in which we don’t have the role a foreigner. 

Q&A with the director and crew:



Director Ruba Atiyeh comes from Lebanon. Initially, she worked with theatres; later, she studied documentary production in London. Today she lectures on film-making at the Lebanese University. Since 2003, she has been making films for Al-Jazeera and other platforms. In her theatre and film work, she reflects on the identity of the second generation of immigrants. 

more about film

director: Ruba Atiyeh
producer: Ruba Atiyeh, Ibrahim Desouky
photography: Ali Chiran, Farah Kassem
editing: Sandra Fatte
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Creative Europe
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas