BIFF 2020: 23. september - 1. oktober
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MARTYR STREET

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A balanced documentary on how Palestinian and Israeli children grow up in Hebron's worst street

A balanced documentary on how Palestinian and Israeli children grow up in Hebron's most violent street. Illegal Israeli settlers live surrounded by several hundred thousand Palestinians and are protected by a group of soldiers that outnumber them. We follow a Palestinian and an Israeli girl who are neighbours, but who have never talked to eachother. Once the intifada breaks out the street is a war zone. A few years later the street is ghostly and virtually devoid of Palestinians. The film gives insight in the minds of both sides.

Shelley Saywell is an experienced and brave Canadian documentary filmmaker who's made films in dangerous places, often focusing on Human Rights. She won an Emmy for CRIMES OF HONOUR (1998) about femicide, and she told last century's war history from a child's perspective with A CHILD'S CENTURY OF WAR (2001). She was filming in Iraq just before and right after the US invation for the film GENERATION X-SADDAM (2003).