Like many Palestinian families, the Amers live surrounded by the infamous West Bank Wall. Their daily lives are dominated by electrified fences, locks and a constant swarm of armed soldiers.
Through a sensitive lens we discover the private world of all eight members of the family. As their dramas unfold we catch a glimpse of their constant struggles and the small, endearing details that sustain them: including school friends, olive trees and two small donkeys.
The story of the Amer family offers its audience an opportunity to reflect on the effects of racial segregation, the meaning of borders and the absurdity of war. This documentary reveals the unknown life of the Palestinian people.
A Personal Statement
By Carolina Rivas
„The resistance of the Palestinians constitutes a significant phenomenon that a lot of people do not comprehend, because they try to understand this phenomenon though the lens of the mass media. The majority of these media have been empowered by the word, and by the image, and in turn have determined their significance. For these media, the Palestinians are not people capable of giving their lives in order to repossess their land. Rather they are terrorists, criminals, suicide bombers. This is the form of reasoning that the mass media tries to submit to the world, within an ideological framework of panic.“
“The explanation as to why I made this film, is in order to show Palestinians as humans - in their desire to be free, in their wish for justice like everybody else in the world.”
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