In Her Footsteps

In the dead of night, my parents left our house in the Muslim Bedouin village, Tel Sheva, where I was born, and moved, perhaps ‘fled’, to Omer, a nearby Jewish town, where I grew up.

For more than twenty years in Omer, we’ve been deeply integrated into Omer’s white hegemony, we were convinced that we’re like everyone else around us, till my mother became ill with breast cancer. She expresses an unprecedented wish, to be buried as a Muslim in the town’s Jewish cemetery.

In the Arab, Muslim and patriarchal world, where Rodina lives, women are forbidden to attend funerals. She hoped that by fulfilling her wish, her three daughters could walk with her on her last journey.

But in the Jewish society, there has never been a precedent for a shared burial of Arabs and Jews.

Her wish tore the family apart and raised serious dilemmas, about identity, belonging, femininity and the meaning of home.

Production notes

Language: Arabic, Hebrew
Subtitles: English

  • Director: Rana Abu Fraiha
  • Country: Israel
  • Year: 2017
  • Length: 75 min
  • Age limit: K16
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Rana Abu Fraiha (Additional Photographer: Amit Chachamov)
  • Editing: Aliza Esquira
  • Production: Ibtisam Mara'ana Menuhin / Ibtisam Films


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