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 sea, 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.
Festivals & Awards
- 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
- 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, official competition.
- FIDA Doc Souss, Agadir, Morocco, November 2008.
- Sole Luna, Palermo, Italy, July 2009.