Docs For Education

February 17, 2012

Dear Friends,

When national politics and conflicts enter family lives, the "big story" looks completely different.

Blood Relation is another wonderful example of a personal story which uncovers the complicated political history of Israel and Palestine. This is an award winning film by young director Noa Ben Hagai, a moving film that turns national questions into family and personal dilemmas.


When Ben Hagai started her search after a missing aunt, she did not expect to find old and painful family secrets hidden in a Palestinian refugee camp in Nablus. The film reveals the story of the forgotten aunt who married a Muslim Palestinian and raised her children in a world utterly different from her original Jewish Israeli family world. Two branches of the same family, living side by side, separated by national conflicts and borders, facing difficult and disturbing dilemmas, while Ben Hagai attempts to achieve reunion and reconciliations.

The family deals with guilt and suspicions affected by years of Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which family members from both sides of the border took part in some way or the other. Will the blood relation be enough to keep the family together?

"Both these stories, past and present, are compelling as family dramas, the kind of tales packed with secrets and lies that lurk in so many families. But they also serve as a poignant parable for the wider Middle East conflict, highlighting the many ways in which, after all, the war of Arabs and Israelis resembles a family affair." — (Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian)

Nahum Laufer
Docs For Education

Our current catalog includes the following films:

Badal Lady Kul El-Arab Badal and Lady Kul El-Arab

These two films by the prominent Arab Israeli filmmaker Ibtisam Salh Mara'ana depict women in the Arab society.

The Darien Dilemma Rafting_to_Bombay The Darien Dilemma and Rafting to Bombay
Two films by Erez Laufer, each telling a unique and little-known story of WWII and the destinies of Jewish refugees.

I'm not a Filipina I'm not a Filipina
A film about a blind daughter of migrant workers in Israel, from award-winning filmmaker Anat Tal.

Hatmaker Murder of a Hatmaker
From famous French director Catherine Bernstein, a film about The Holocaust in France.

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