In her Footsteps

Rana Abu Fraiha, Israel, 2017

In the dead of night, my parents left the house my father had built in the Bedouin village, Tal-a-Sabeh, and moved, perhaps "fled," to Omer, a Jewish town, very bourgeois, located only 5 km away. For 10 years of dealing with breast cancer, my mother's only wish was to be buried in Omer. The town never dealt with this issue, of where to bury its Muslim residents.

The film documents an entire family torn between fulfilling the mother's last wish and social codes that cannot be ignored. During the process of separation from the mother, the film reveals the family intimacy, secrets and dilemmas, raises serious questions about women's identity, nationality and the meaning of home.

Produced by:

 Ibtisam Mara'ana-Menuhin - Ibtisam Films 

Festivals & Awards:

 Best Documentary Film Award, The Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg, 2018

 Washington Jewish Film Festival, 2018

 World Premiere at the Jerusalem Film Festival, 2017

 The Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Documentary Film - Jerusalem Film Festival, 2017


 2016 Medimed Documentary Forum 

 Yes Docu

 The New Fund for Cinema & TV

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