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Documentary, 90min/52 min, Israel, France, Belgium, Germany

Jaffa, the orange's clockwork narrates the visual history of the famous citrus fruit originated from Palestine and known worldwide for centuries as "Jaffa oranges".
he history of the orange is the history of this land. Through photography and cinema, poetry, paintings, workers of the citruses' industry and historians, memory and present mythologies, Palestinians and Israelis cross and combine. The close reading of the Jaffa brand's visual representation is a reflection on western orientalist phantasms surrounding the 'holy land' and the 'State of Israel' and a tool to reveal the untold story of what was once a commune industry and symbol to Arabs and Jews in Palestine.
Jaffa, the orange's clockwork is a political essay unfolding the story of the invention and the visual history of the world's wide famous citrus fruit originated in Palestine and known around the world as "Jaffa oranges". While the orange become the symbol of the Zionist enterprise and of the state of Israel, for Palestinians it symbolizes the lost of their homeland and its destruction.
Through a carful reading of the visual representation of the brand, the film reflects on western phantasms related to the 'Orient' the 'holy land' and the State of Israel and unveils the untold story of what was ones a commune symbol and industry to Arabs and Jews in Palestine.
The oranges of Jaffa, the fruits, the orchards, the brand name and the city - that gave to the fruit its name, is the backdrop of the commune Jewish-Arab life in Palestine before the establishment of Israel, the colonial covetousness, the account of obliteration, nationalization, then repudiation in order to propose a joint historical narrative, and a brand of hope for the future

Languages Hebrew, Arabic, English, French
Subtitles Hebrew, Arabic, English, French, Russian
Broadcasters Channel 8, Noga communication Israel, WDR Germany, France 5 France, RTBF Belgium, Radio-Canada, TSR
Supported by CNC, Procirep
World Sales CAT & DOCS, Catherine Le Clef (






Writer & Director Eyal Sivan
Producers Osnat Trabelsi, Arik Bernstein, Frank Eshkenazi
Cinematographers David Zarif, Vincent Fooy, Remi Laine, Shafir Sarusi
Editor Audrey Maurion
Assistant Director Erez Miller
Line Producer Hortense Quitard
Sound Jean-Jacques Quinet, Oren Raviv, Asher Saraga
Mix Sound Studio 5 SUR 5
Researchers Marie Nicole Feret, Tamar Katz, Yodeat Getz

Festivals Awards & Press

First prize for best documentary Filmmaker, Doc Film Festival, Milano, Italy, 2009
First prize for Editing, Solelune, Palermo, Italy 2010

IDFA, Amsterdam Holland, 2009
Bergamo Film Meeting, Bergamo, Italy, 2010
BAIFICI, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010
Views of the World- International Film Festival Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus, 2010
Visions Du Reel, Neon, Switzerland, 2010
Full Frame, North Carolina, USA, 2010
Documenta, Madrid, Spain, 2010
Beldocs, Belgrada, Serbia, 2010
London Palestine Film Festival, London, England 2010
Planete Doc Review Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland, 2010
Globale Film Festival, Berlin, Germany 2010
Documentarist, Istanbul, Turkey, 2010
Sarajevo Film Festival, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2010
Dokufest, Prizon, Republic of Kosovo 2010
Boston Palestine film festival, USA 2010
Toronto Palestine film festival, Canada, 2010
Memorimage festival, Barcelona Spain 2010
Verzio Documentary Film Festival, Hungary, 2010

TPFF: Jaffa, The Orange's Clockwork
JAFFA, the orange's clockwork at FESTIVAL FILMAKER DOC
Jaffa at
Jaffa In The French Press
Jaffa In The German Press
ראיון עם אייל סיון, ynet 2009
הקרנת בכורה ג'אפה בסינמטק ת"א
תומר שלוש הנכד של אביעזר שלוש (שהצטלמו לסרט ג'אפה) מספר על הקשר של המשפחה שלו לג'אפה

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