Najwa, Nawal and Siham, three Palestinian widows, live with their 11 children in a house on Shuhada Street in Hebron. Their house lies on the border; the façade is under Israeli occupation, the Palestinian authority controls the back. At the entrance to the house a military post, on the roof the Israeli army has placed a watch point over Palestinian Hebron. Three women, trapped in the middle, constantly surrounded by Israeli soldiers, carry on their difficult lives in a perverse situation: the occupation becomes a routine, the absurd becomes a given. This is the story of an occupation that extends to the staircase and the roof of the house, where it encounters poverty, loneliness, pain, but also the small joys of everyday life. This is an internal prison, the external one is the ongoing occupation.
documentary, Anat Even & Ada Ushpiz, Israel 2001, 73 min., Hebr./Arab. with Engl. subtitles
Directors Anat Even and Ada Ushpiz | Camera Danor Glazer | Editing Oron Adar & Naomi Press | Original Music DJ E | Executive Producer Dan Setton | Production Anat Even
from the press
A fascinating documentary. (Variety)
Anat Even and Ada Ushpiz manage to present these stories in a way that is less about the conflict and more about the human plight of the three women. (Eye on Film)