Aqabat-Jaber – Passing Through

Aqabat-Jaber - Vie de passage

Eyal Sivan
France, 81 min

Built in the early 1950s in the Middle East by the United Nations, Aqabat-Jaber, located only a few kilometres south of Jericho, is one of the many refugee camps destined to shelter the Palestinians driven away from their native villages by the Israeli army. The majority of the 65,000 people living in the camp were inhabitants of the villages of central Palestine that were destroyed in 1948.

Built in the early 1950s in the Middle East by the United Nations, Aqabat-Jaber, located on the Dead Sea in the valley of Jericho, is one of the many refugee camps destined to shelter the Palestinians driven away from their native villages by the Israeli army. The majority of the 65,000 people living in the camp were inhabitants of the villages of central Palestine destroyed in 1948. The 1967 war forced the biggest part of the refugees (some estimate a rate of 95%) across the banks of the river Jordan. Nurtured on the hope of going back one day to the land of their ancestors, the people in Aqabat-Jaber live in a no man’s land that looks like a ghost town. Filmed in 1987, a mere few months before the First Intifada – the Palestinian uprising in the West Bank and the Gaza strip – broke out, Aqabat-Jaber - Passing Through is the story of what was supposed to be only a temporary solution for the refugees but became a bitter and hopeless way of life. Through his carefully framed pictures, Eyal Sivan points the attention to a ghost town whose only ties to history are fed on memories and an aching sense of nostalgia.
Duration
81 min
Year
1987
Country
France
Section
Atelier Eyal Sivan
Language
Arabic
Subtitle
English
Production
Momento FilmsDune Vision

Atelier Eyal Sivan

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