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AL–SABBAR

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Section

Out of competition

Director

Patrick Bürge

Country

Switzerland

Year

2000

Production

Yak Film GmbH, Alain Bottarelli

Credits

Screenplay

Patrick Bürge

Photography

Steff Bossert

Editing

Thomas Bachmann

Music

Rim Banna, Mustafa Al-Kurd, Marwan Abado

Cast

Language

o.v. Arabic/English/Hebrew/Swiss-German/French

Subtitles

sbt. French/German

Duration

97'

Age

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The film

Zuhaira Sabbagh, an Arabian woman with Israeli passport, is in charge of a group of young people in Nazareth who, equipped with cameras, go around in search of the ruins of the Arabian villages destroyed by the Israeli army in 1948, in order to lead a peaceful fight against the rewriting of History by Israel, that is trying to call off the time when these villages were Palestinian. They find, of course, a strong opposition by the Jewish people. During her research, Zuhaira Sabbagh meets the Swiss doctor Hans Bernath and his wife Madeleine, who have been living in Israel for 50 years as Red Cross delegates and, during these years, they have witnessed all stages of the middle-eastern conflict. The Palestinian singer Rim Banna plays an important role.

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the filmmaker

 

Born in Zurich in 1966, he gets a Bachelor in sociology and a degree at DAVI in Lausanne. He works for a while for the television, where he makes several reportages. In 1994 he is the author of a short film (Nu comme un poisson dans l’eau) and of two documentaries Memento Mori and Al-Sabbar, filmed between 1998 and 2000.

Screenings

22 June, 17:01 Centro civico

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