Detained

1 hour and 13 Minutes and 51 seconds , 2001
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Directed by: Anat Even, Ada Ushpiz

Directors, Anat Even and Ada Ushpiz explore the reality of one building in the Palestinian city of Hebron, located on the boundary between Israeli and Palestinian Authority-controlled territory. The building is home to three Palestinian widows – each of whom is trying to raise their children in this harsh reality where Israeli IDF soldiers are constantly patrolling the building, and the city is under curfew. A series of almost absurdist scenes find their way into the women’s lives: through the window bars of their homes where they are effectively held prisoners, they watch a military-secured Jewish settlers’ Purim fancy dress parade and later, clean up food leftovers, bullets, and grenade safeties from the building rooftop, left behind by IDF snipers who had set up shop there. The film won awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival, DOK Leipzig, and at the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema in France.

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