Ma'loul fête sa destruction (معلول تحتفل بدمارها)

Since the declaration of the state of Israel in 1948, countless Palestinian villages have been erased from the map and their inhabitants. Ma'loul, just west of Nazareth, is one such ruined village. It was inhabited principally by Palestinian Christians, who were forced to leave to Lebanon or Nazareth. Since then and once a year, Ma'loul's original inhabitants are allowed to come back to the place of their hometown, on the day when Israel celebrates its independence. For this occasion, they have developed the habit of organizing a picnic on the remains of their ancient village.

Director(s): Michel Khleifi

Michel Khleifi was born in 1950 in Nazareth and lived there until 1970. He moved to Brussels to attend film and theater school INSAS (National Higher Institute of Performance Arts and Broadcasting Techniques). He graduated in 1977 in direction for theater, radio and television. He is the best known of Palestinian directors in Europe. From his very first long feature film, La mémoire fertile (1980), he has chosen to tell the story of the Palestinian people his own way mixing poetic metaphor with documentary discipline.

Duration: 30 min.

Production:Marisa Films, CBA