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Synopsis: The West Bank has been home to Palestinian communities like Al Hadidiya for generations. Since occupying it in 1967, Israel has made it increasingly difficult for communities like Al Haddidya to access, maintain and own water systems. Water shortages have critical impacts on agriculture, livestock and households, while an abundance of water allows families and businesses to thrive in illegal settlements.

The West Bank is divided into three areas: A, B and C. Area C is under full Israeli military and civilian control. The land here is desiccated – fertile, but thirsty for irrigation to support agricultural growth. For centuries, Palestinians have sourced water through hundreds of ground and rainwater wells. Under Israel’s control, however, there has been a strategic demolition of wells on Palestinian territory and Abu, for example, is prevented from renovating them. These scarce water conditions make life difficult for Abu. Without enough water, crop yields are poor, and he often only harvests enough to feed his animals. Most of all, he worries about his children’s future and their ability to endure such conditions indefinitely.

Living North of Abu and also in Area C, Eli Gilad of the Israeli community of Masua enjoys ample water access. Eli manages a vast date plantation with thousands of trees, each tree requiring a thousand litres of water per day. Israeli policy means that Eli, like other Israeli settlers, can access millions of litres of water a day, helping
him produce dates on a commercial scale which are exported internationally.
Despite being physically connected to the same land, the two farmers’ experiences are detached and unequal. However, despite the odds and an uncertain future for his children, Abu is determined to keep farming and keep resisting until the last drop.

Rated

Family Friendly

Language

Arabic, Hebrew

Run Time

20 minutes

Directed by

Tim Webster
Ernesto Cabellos

Director's Bio

Timothy Webster

Tim is a documentary filmmaker from Brighton in the UK with a passion for directing and producing anthropocentric films that highlight cultural, political and environmental issues. Tim won two Gold awards in the Lovies2018 for The real price of water, which received over 27 million views worldwide. He is also a photographer and has recently worked on an undercover investigation to expose the injustices of the fishmeal industry in West Africa.

Ernesto Cabellos
Ernesto Cabellos is an award-winning Peruvian documentary filmmaker. He has produced and directed the feature documentary films Choropampa, the price of gold (2002), and Tambogrande (2007). His latest film Daughter of the Lake (2015) was available on Netflix worldwide and received more than 40 international awards and distinctions. It tells the story of Nelida, an Andean woman able to communicate with water spirits to prevent a mining corporation from destroying the lakes of her community.

Country of Origin

Israel and Palestine

Production Year

2020

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