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9 STAR HOTEL


Directed by | Ido Haar

Genre documentary  |  Length: 78mins  |  Year of production: 2006


In the West Bank, thousands of Palestinians are compelled by economic necessity to work illegally as construction labourers, building Israel’s settlements and cities. After an arduous and dangerous journey, loaded with blankets and bags, they cross the hills to the places where they can find employment. At night they sleep on the hillcrests in improvised huts and coffinlike sleeping cubicles, a stark contrast to the luxury apartment complexes they build by day. But they have made homes for themselves, complete with pillows and even power generated by batteries they’ve scraped together. In 9 Star Hotel, the filmmakers follow coworkers Ahmed and Muhammad they share food, belongings and stories, and live under the constant threat of arrest police, soldiers and the secret service are all tirelessly on the alert for illegal workers.