Terrace of the Sea

  • Palestinian Territories
  • United States
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Filmed in an unofficial Palestinian Bedouin camp established in 1948 on a stretch of beach north of Tyre, in South Lebanon, Terrace of the Sea uses a collection of family photographs taken over three generations as a prism through which to reflect on memory, loss and history.

An anthropologist, author (her most recent book is "Refugees of the Revolution: Experiences of Palestinian Exile) and filmmaker, Diana Allan documents the experiences of the Ibrahim family, who have been making a living as fishermen for generations. The film looks at their relationship to work and to the physical environment and how they've persevered in this ‘temporary' home.

Produced at Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab, Terrace of the Sea is a haunting work, a meditation on the process of memory and on the distances between photography and film, land and sea and - between seeing and being seen.



  • Original title
    Terrace of the Sea
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Diana Allan
  • Duration
    52 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Palestinian Territories
    • United States
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
      • CinemaGuild
      • 115 West 30 Street, Ste. 800
      • NY10001 New York
      • United States
      • tel: (800) 723-5522
      • e-mail: info@cinemaguild.com


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