Palestinian Sunbird Documentary Competition
Fadia, a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, is stranded by history on the wrong side of the border, yearning for the ancestral homeland she is denied. When a chance meeting introduces her to the director, Sarah, she challenges her to find an ancient mulberry tree that once grew next to her grandfather’s house in historic Palestine. With only inherited memories, a blind man and a two-headed dragon as her guides, Sarah embarks on her quest to find the tree. Along the way, she learns that the region is also one of the world’s busiest superhighways for bird migration. And it is the observations of the ornithologists on the homing instincts of these millions of birds, that inadvertently reveal key elements of the Palestinian refugee situation. Spanning fifteen years, this story of a friendship that stays connected across a divided land and a fragmented people adopts a birds’ eye perspective to reflect on freedom of movement, exile and the hope of return.
Arabic and English with English subtitles
Director: Sarah Beddington
Cinematography: Sarah Beddington
Editing: Ariadna Fatjo-Vilas
Sound: Stefan Smith
Producer/s: Susan Simnett (Over The Fence Films)