Venue: The Phoenix Cinema
Date: Saturday 16th March
Israel is their home, Syria their homeland. Neither is paradise.
DIRECTORS Jill BEARDSWORTH AND KEITH WALSH WILL INTRODUCE THE SCREENING
Directors: Jill Beardsworth and Keith Walsh, Producer: John Wallace
Co-Producers: Arash T.Riahi and Michael Seeber, Associate Producer: Hamad Awidat, Executive Producer: Donal R. Haughey
The epic story of a village turned prison full of rappers, rockers and regimes, salsa dancers, holy men and dead fish, traitors, lovers, freedom fighters and their heartbroken mothers all set to the background of the revolution raging across the border in their homeland Syria as it creeps through the orchards towards them in Israel.
It has been 45 years since Israel captured the region and cut the village of Majdal Shams from its homeland, Syria. Before the Six Day War, this Arab village was one of 139 in the region. All but five were destroyed.
The film’s narrative is made up of a multitude of characters that together convey the complex nature of their existence. What unfolds is a story of death, separation, war, torture, mines, love, nationalism and apples.
The apple trees are what root them to the land. The apples are the people’s bombs.