Palestinian Voices: FADIA’S TREE
Arab Cinema ReImagined is the Arab Film and Media Institute’s Virtual Cinema Platform
During the month of November, AFMI is curating a series of short and feature films to amplify Palestinian Voices as a resource of information and context on the situation currently unfolding in Palestine.
While millions of migratory birds fly freely in the skies above, a Palestinian refugee, stranded in Lebanon, yearns for the ancestral homeland she is denied. She challenges Sarah, the director, to find an ancient mulberry tree that stands as witness to her family’s existence – with only inherited memories, a blind man and a two-headed dragon as her guides. Along the way, Sarah meets with ornithologists whose observations on the homing instincts of the birds reveal the unresolved problems of the region.
Spanning fifteen years, this story of a friendship that stays connected across a divided land and fragmented people, adopts a birds’ eye perspective to reflect on freedom of movement, exile and the hope of return.
This film closely ties to the short films in the People of the Land program. We recommend watching them together.