Samouni Road

Stefano Savona
| France, Italy
| 2018
| 129 min

On the rural outskirts of Gaza City, a small community of farmers is about to celebrate a wedding: the first celebration since the end of the latest war. Amal, Fuad, and their brothers and cousins have lost parents, houses, and olive trees. Their neighbourhood is being rebuilt, and as they replant trees and plough fields, they also face their most difficult task: piecing together their own memories. Told through the recollections of these young survivors, Samouni Road is a deep and multifaceted portrait of a family before, during, and after a tragic and life-changing event. This beautiful and clever mix of live action, scratchboard animation, and drone footage recreations won the Golden Eye (Best Documentary) award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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