Jaffa - The Oranges Clockwork

A Film By Eyal Sivan


Jaffa, the oranges 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.

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Jaffa, the oranges clockwork is a political essay unfolding the story of the invention and the visual history of the worlds 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


Festivals & Awards

  • IDFA, Amsterdam Holland, 2009
  • First prize for best documentary Filmmaker, Doc Film Festival, Milano Italy, 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
  • First prize for Editing, Solelune, Palermo, Italy 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

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Documentry, 90 min, 52 min, Israel, France, Belgium.Germany


Osnat Trabelsi
Arik Bernstein
Frank Eshkenazi

Writer & Director

Eyal Sivan


David Zarif.


Audrey Maurion


Hebrew, Arabic, English, French


Hebrew, Arabic, English, French, Russian.


Channel 8, Noga communication Israel.
WDR Germany
France 5 France
RTBF Belgium

Supported by

CNC, Procirep

World Sales

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