Images beyond the wall
Biddu is a Palestinian village 15 km north-west of Jerusalem, enclosed on three sides by the Israeli wall. In Biddu the youth centre Nawafeth (“openings”) was opened.
In December 2005 ZaLab held a two weeks long laboratory of partecipatory video in the youth centre Nawafeth aiming at two goals: to set up a permanent unit of production and to make a short self-narrative documentary. Two trainers from ZaLab team guided the laboratory for a group of twelve young males and females between twenty and twenty-four years of age, mostly University student.
Starting from the Video Unit’s aims, a topic was chosen: time pointlessness for the young people of Biddu, squashed by impossibility of movement, unemployment and traditional bonds’ heavy weight. “Under the Same Roof” tells the daily life of Mohammed Gare, a guy who loses any taste for life when only a roof is missing to enclose his people in a cage, and of Taghreed Abu Eid, a girl who cannot purse her studies since she has not the documents to cross the wall. “Under the Same Roof” is the first documentary by the Unit of Video Production of Nawafeth Youth Forum, the first attempt to tell stories opening symbolic windows on the Israeli wall.
Period: December 1st-15th 2005
Topics: youth expression, peaceful reactions to occupation, gender equality
Partners: ZaLab, Nawafeth Youth Forum (Palestine), ICS Italy
Donor: Regione Sardegna, RIBES – technologies with passion