In her Footsteps
Rana Abu Fraiha, Israel, 2017
In the dead of night, my parents left the house my father had built in the Bedouin village, Tal-a-Sabeh, and moved, perhaps "fled," to Omer, a Jewish town, very bourgeois, located only 5 km away. For 10 years of dealing with breast cancer, my mother's only wish was to be buried in Omer. The town never dealt with this issue, of where to bury its Muslim residents.
The film documents an entire family torn between fulfilling the mother's last wish and social codes that cannot be ignored. During the process of separation from the mother, the film reveals the family intimacy, secrets and dilemmas, raises serious questions about women's identity, nationality and the meaning of home.
Ibtisam Mara'ana-Menuhin - Ibtisam Films
Festivals & Awards:
Best Documentary Film Award, The Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg, 2018
Washington Jewish Film Festival, 2018
World Premiere at the Jerusalem Film Festival, 2017
The Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Documentary Film - Jerusalem Film Festival, 2017
2016 Medimed Documentary Forum
The New Fund for Cinema & TV