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Fertile Memory (15) + ScreenTalk

SAFAR Film Festival

An elderly woman makes food by hand in Fertile Memory

The first full length film to be shot within the West Bank, this is the feature debut of Michel Khleifi, acclaimed director of the Cannes Film Festival triumph, Wedding in Galilee

Lyrically blending both documentary and narrative elements, Khleifi skillfully and lovingly crafts a portrait of two Palestinian women whose individual struggles both define and transcend the politics that have torn apart their homes and their lives.

Whether in a tearful lullaby or a sensuously performed lover's lament, the women lend tender and powerful voices to their people's chorus of outrage. Fertile Memory puts a distinctively feminine expression on the ordinarily violent and male dominated face of Palestinian resistance. 


Palestine/Belgium/Germany 1980 Dir Michel Khleifi 99 min

Arabic with English subtitles

This title has been locally classified. 

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