They Planted Strange Trees
Category: AFAC Documentary Program
Producer: Ossama Bawardi
A secular Palestinian filmmaker from the diaspora returns to the Galilee, after 20 years of absence and her parents’ death, to embrace the members of their Arab Christian community. She asks difficult questions on faith, erosion of identity, allegiance, citizenship and communal memory in 70 years of living under Zionism. Will she find solace for her mourning in her homeland?
Trip Along Exodus - Feature Documentary
Category: Arab Documentary Film Program
Journey of Migration is a poetic multi-format documentary about the fall of the PLO as seen through the personal life of Elias Shoufani, the director’s father. Shoufani is a historian, an erstwhile farmer, an academic author of over 22 books, a former member of the Revolutionary Fatah Council, a widower, an Arabic/Hebrew specialist, an underground military trainer and a father to two girls. The film explores a unique Palestinian story through dramatic personal testimonies, exiled families and corrupt politicians, from the 1948 Nakba to Shoufani’s dejected resignation from Fatah in 1992, to the unexpected hope inspired by the Arab Spring.