Apples of the Golan

 
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A story of rappers, rockers and regimes, salsa dancers, holy men and dead fish, traitors, lovers, freedom fighters and their loving mothers set to the backdrop of the revolution raging over the border in their homeland Syria.

A still from the documentary Apples of the Golan

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Release Date: January 2015
 

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Length: 80 mins
 
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About

Apples of the Golan tells the epic story of Majdal Shams, one of five remaining Arab villages in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Before the occupation there were 136 such villages, which have now mostly been destroyed. Cut off from their homeland since the events of the Six Day War, the villagers fight to maintain their national identity amid political uncertainty, border disputes and the Syrian Civil War. They are all connected to, and owe their existence to, the apples which grow all around the village. In many ways, as their resistance to occupation is generally peaceful, the apples are their bombs.

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Festival Screenings and Awards

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival

Baghdad International Film Festival

Festival des Libertes, Brussels

Leeds International Film Festival

The Other Israel Festival New York

Bristol Palestine Film Festival

Reviews

“A nuanced and sensitive sampling of life in a deeply contested slice of land whose intricacies are paradoxically unknown across both its East and West borders.”

Jadaliyya

“A striking tale of the strength and spirit of a people determined not to lose their identity and the land that it is tied to.”

Film Ireland