Whereas the vision or the so-called solution of « two people – two States » in Palestine-Israel is dying a slow death, in the face of apocalyptical visions, an escalation of racism and an ongoing colonization and permanent repression on the part of Israel, Common State, A Potential Conversation, Eyal Sivan's new documentary film, shows a cinematographical encounter between Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews.
Twenty interviews were carried out on the theme of the common state with politicians and settlers, legal experts and artists, older and younger people, Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, Palestinian Arabs in Israel and in the occupied territories. The interviewees respond to the same questions in their mother tongue in discussion with the director, and the screen is split into two, with an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian in parallel, one listening and one talking and vice versa, thereby enacting a meeting point between two realities that are fragmented and separated from each other in daily life.
with: Ariella Azoulay, Omar Barghouti, Meron Benvenisti, Rozeen Bisharat, Eliaz Cohen, Leila Fersakh, Haim hanegbi, Sandi Hilal, Ala Hlehel, Hassan Jabareen, Yael Lerer, Gideon Levy, Roucham Marton, Hisham Naffa'a, Salman Natour, Ilan Pappe, Nurit Peled-Elhanan, Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Nadim Ruhana, Yehuda Shenhav, Ayelet Tzviel Haddad, Michel Warschwski, Khaled Ziadeh, Haneen Zouabi
Juliano Mer Khamis documentary award, 11th Cinema South Film Festival, Sderot
The prize in memory of Juliano Mer Khamis, who through his actions and personality broke through normal barriers, has been awarded to each one of the selected films. By its very nature, the prize is an attempt to redefine the limits of documentary film and encourage social and political activism in the spirit of freedom and humanitarianism in which Juliano Mer Khamis believed and for which he fought.