The Crayons of Askalan

Laila Hotait-Salas  |  Arab Documentary Film Program  |  2009  |  Lebanon
A creative documentary based on the powerful story of the Palestinian artist Zuhdi Al Adawi. IN 1975, at the age of fifteen Zuhdi is sentenced and confined in the high-security prison of Askalan, Israel for fifteen years. With the help of his fellow prisoners and their families, he manages to stay alive by smuggling in color crayons and smuggling out his allegorical artwork done on pillowcases, so it finds its way to the outside world.