Festivals & Awards
Documentary, 60 min, Israel, 2006
This is the story of a strawberry who yearned for independence.
Imagine a story about hope, frustration, occupation, globalization and politics, and at its center a small red fruit-a strawberry. The mother plants arrive from Israel to Gaza, where in the fields of Beit Lahiya the plants are cultivated to produce the brilliant red fruit destined for marketing in Europe.
In this fateful year in Gaza, filmmaker Ayelet Heller and her Gazan crew documented the agricultural cycle of the fruit and the political events that directly affected the lives of the farmers who cultivate it..
Out of these green fields, red fruit, sky and ea, could emerge a pastoral image of farmers earning their livelihood by working the land. But in Gaza it is not the laws of nature that rule but those of the Occupation.
Languages Arabic, Hebrew
Subtitles English, Italian, French
Broadcasters Keshet broadcasting, Channel 2
Supported by The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts - Cinema Project
World Sales Trabelsi Productions ltd.
Director Ayelet Heller
Cinematographer Anas Rehan
Editor Yoni Kohen
Sound Designer Tamer Jamal Aljamal
Winner of the "In the Spirit of Freedom" Competition 2005 established by Keshet Broadcasting, The Rabinowitz Fund-Cinema Project, and the Jerusalem Cinematheque.
Jerusalem IFF, Israel, July 2006
Awarded Special Mention- Slow Food on Film: International Film Festival, Bologna Italy, May 2008
Rehovot Women Film Festival, Israel, September 2006
Hot Docs Film Festival. Canada April 2007
Visions du reel International Film Festival. April 2007
Edinburgh Film Festival, 2007
Documenta Madrid, Spain, May 2007
Sao Paulo Internaional Film Festival, Brazil, August 2007
Perspektive: 5th International Human Rights Film Festival Nuremberg. October 2007
26th Global Vision Film Festival, Canada, November 2007
Slow Food on Film: International Film Festival, Bologna Italy, May 2008 - Awarded Special Mention
Slow Food Film Festival, New Zeeland
International 1001 Documentary film festiva, Istanbul,Turkey, November 2008
Environmental international film festival, Paris, France, November 2008
FIDA Doc Souss, Agadir, Morocco, November 2008
Sole Luna, Palermo, Italy, July 2009