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Directed by | Salim Daw

Genre documentary  |  Length: 60mins  |  Year of production: 2006

With the establishment of Israel in 1948, some one million Palestinians were expelled from their homes most became refugees, a minority of these remained inside the borders of what became Israel. Today some 300,000 of these internal refugees reside in Israel, dreaming to return to their original villages and homes. Many of them still keep their old house keys. Mafateeh tells the stories of these families, portraying the emotional turmoil encountered by people who are constantly flung between hope and despair, pain and longing, dream and reality. Director Salim Daw embarks on a journey around the Galilee through the remains of the original villages. A refugee himself, he contrasts his personal memories with those of the characters he meets joining them in their struggle for equal rights in the present, and in their dream of returning to their villages, some of which no longer exist, and others of which have been rebuilt as Jewish towns and villages.