Samouni Road

A home is in ruins. A soldier has drawn a gravestone on the wall, with a text saying ”Arabs 1948–2009” in English and Hebrew.

”There must be something very wrong with their minds”, a young girl thinks in the midst of the destruction. She is part of the Samouni family that lives in a farming community by the same name near the city of Gaza in Palestine.

The Samouni people used to gather under an old sycamore tree guarding the village. Their life was humble but peaceful and it seemed as though nothing bad could ever happen to them.

All of a sudden, in January 2009, Israeli troops attacked Samouni as part of Operation Cast Lead, killing 29 members of the Samouni family. The troops destroyed their homes, plantations and the beloved sycamore tree.

For several years, Stefano Savona followed the family’s tragedy and recovery that did not qualify as news. The eventful story is complemented with Simone Massi’s brilliant, dreamlike animation and realistic footage from the military operation. The white spots under the crosshair are Samouni people whose lives depend on one single command.

”The art of storytelling distinguishes people from beasts,” said Ateya Samouni, a father who died in the offensive. His daughter grieves that she cannot tell any stories until they start pouring out from within her soul. The ability to survive is one of the most startling human qualities.

Anna-Sofia Joro (Translation: Marko Pyhähuhta)

Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

  • Name in Original Language: La strada dei Samouni
  • Director: Stefano Savona
  • Country: France, Italy
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 129 min
  • Age limit: K16
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Stefano Savona
  • Editing: Luc Forveille
  • Music: Giulia Tagliavia
  • Production: Marco Alessi, Penelope Bortoluzzi, Cécile Lestrade, Stefano Savona / Dugong Films, Picofilms, Alter Ego Production


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  • Bio Rex: Wed 30.1. at 15.00
  • Andorra: Thu 31.1. at 21.00
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