Apples of the Golan Now Available to Stream and Download
Amidst the madness of Oscar season, it’s often difficult for the smaller, but equally worthy films to make their voices heard. One of our favourite releases this year is Apples of the Golan, which does what all great documentaries do and gives you a new perspective on the world we live in.
The conflict in the Middle East dominates contemporary political discourse, but the voices of the people on the ground are frequently ignored. Apples of the Golan attempts to redress this balance, by following life over four years in the village of Madjal Shams in the Golan Heights. A true labour of love for its directors, Jill Beardsworth and Keith Walsh, the film examines the differing perspectives of the inhabitants of this fascinating place, one of the last remaining vestiges of Druze culture in this fiercely contested region.
An offshoot of Islam that has existed for over a thousand years, the Druze religion incorporates beliefs from all the Abrahamic faiths, and much like their religion, the people of Madjal Shams exist in a sort of in between space. Caught between the forces of Syria and Israel, they must make a choice between clinging to the memories of their ancestral homeland or forging a new future in a country they did not choose to be a part of.