Arna's children

Arna's children

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Documentary, 57 min/ 84 min, Israel, Palestine, The Netherlands

Yussef committed a suicide attack in 2001. Ashraf was killed by the Israeli army in 2002. Alla led a group of resistance fighters to his death in 2003. The director, who documented them as promising child actors in a theatre group he founded with his mother Arna, returns to Jenin Refugee Camp in April 2002, to see what happened to the children he knew and loved…
Juliano Mer Khamis is the son of Arna Mer, a Jewish woman, and Saliba Khamis, a Palestinian man. Today, Juliano is one of Israel/Palestine's leading actors. During the first Intifada, his mother Arna established an alternative educational program in Jenin Refugee Camp to compensate for the virtual collapse of the formal one due to the Israeli occupation. Among its activities, was the 'Stone Theatre' - a performance workshop that Juliano directed. Eight years after Arna's death, and five years after the theatre project ended, Juliano returns to the Camp to dscover the tragic story of "Arna's children."

Languages Arabic, Hebrew, English
Subtitles English, Arabic, Hebrew, Itlian, Dutch, French, Spanish
Broadcasters IKON
World Sales First Hand Films







Writers & Directedors Juliano Mer Khamis and Danniel Danniel
Editor Obbe Verwer, Govert Janse
Cinematographers Juliano Mer Khamis, Hana Abu Saada, Uri Shteinitz
Sound Designer Huibert Boon

Festivals & Awards

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2003
Special Award and young jury award - NYON Visions du Reel, Nyon, Switzerland, April, 2004
Fipresci Prize- Best First Documentary Feature- Hot Docs Can.Int. Doc. Festival, Canada, AprilMay, 2004
First Prize- Best Documentary Feature- Tribeca Film Festival, New York, USA, May, 2004
First Prize- Prague One World Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, April, 2004
Dutch Academy Award, 2005

, Viena, Austria, 2005
, Barcelona& Rio de Janeiro 2004
Edmonton Int.
Film Festival, Edmonton, Canada, October 2004
South Africa's Doc. Film Festival, Cape townJohannesburg, South Africa, July 2004
Melbourne 53rd Int. Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia, JulyAugust 2004
Discovery Scotland's Int. Film Festival, Dundee, Scotland, September 2004
Mill Valley
Film Festival, Mill Valley, USA, October 2004
Bergen Int. Film Festival, Bergen, Norway, October, 2004
Denver Int. Film Festival, Denver-Colorado, USA, October, 2004
All Roads Film Festival National Geographic society, WashingtonLos Angeles, USA, October, 2004, Opening night
UK Jewish Film Festival, Brighton, UK, October, 2004, Tour in England
High Falls Film Festival Rochester, New-York, USA, November 2004
Rencontres Int. es du documentair
, montreal, Canada, November, 2004
Continents Film Festival, South Africa, October, 2004
One World Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, 2004
Palestinain Film Festival, UK, 2004, Tour
TEMPO Dokumentarfestival , Stockholm, Sweden, 2005
Singapore Film Festival, Singapore, 2005
Istanbul Film Festival, Istanbul, Turky, 2005
Seattle Film Festival, Seattle, USA 2005
And many more...

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