One country, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – two families – two plans for life
Director& cinematography: Avner Faingulernt IL/CA 2018, documentary, Berlin premiere, 215 min., Arabic/Hebrew with English subtitles Producers: Paul Cadeaux, Shlomi Elkabetz, Hagar Saad Shalom, Danae Elon, Galit Bachlon Production: Skene Border Films, Filmoption International, Deux Beaux Garcons Films, Entre Deux Mondes Productions Supported by: The Israel Film Council – Ministry of Culture and Sport, Quebec Crédit d’impôt cinema et television – Gestion SODEC, The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit International distribution: Ruth Films, Israel
IN THE DESERT is a diptych documentary about two realities, two families in one land. Both parts have a dialectic relationship to each other, an inherent tension that exists by their very juxtaposition: “Omar's Dream” is about a Palestinian family; “Avidan's Dream” is about a Jewish one. Both families live in an area of the West Bank that is governed by the Palestinian Authority but controlled by the Israeli Army – which officially prohibits anyone from settling there. The two families live on opposite hills, but never meet. Both men discover their lives are determined by a personal struggle to define who they really are rather than by a political conflict. IN THE DESERT is a profound journey trying to defy what is commonly known about the Israeli Palestinian conflict. (Courtesy of Ruth Films: http://www.ruthfilms.com/in-the-desert.html)
Doc Aviv, Tel Aviv 2018 (Best Cinematography Award and Fipresci Best Director Award); Filmfest Hamburg 2018, Germany; Doc Buenos Aires 2018, Argentina; Viennale 2018, Austria; Academia Film Olomouc 2019, Czech Republic; Millenium Documentary Film Festival 2019, Belgium; FICIC Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Cosquín 2019, Argentina
WAR MATADOR (IL 2011) MATADOR OF LOVE (IL 2006) MEN ON THE EDGE – FISHERMEN’S DIARY (IL 2005) EVA (IL 2002); MY NA’AN (IL 2001) THE FIRST WILL BE THE LAST (IL 1997) LEV, HURT AND SILENCE (IL 1995) COME CALL THE WIND (IL 1994) EDGE OF A STRING (IL 1993)
Avner Faingulernt is an independent filmmaker and a professor at Sapir Academic College. He co-founded the School of Audio & Visual Arts, Sapir Academic College, and has taught there since its establishment in 2001. In addition to filmmaking and his academic career, he also co-founded the Cinema South Festival in Sderot and is editor-in-chief of the annual “Cinema South Notebooks” and the Cinema South The Curaot Book.
Guests: Bert Rebhandl talks with Avner Faingulernt