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Directed by | Nasri Hajjaj

Genre documentary  |  Length: 84mins  |  Year of production: 2007

This absorbing documentary explores the anxiety of Palestinian exile through an interrogation of relationships between place, home, and death. Bringing together fascinating footage, interviews, and testimonies from Palestinian families and comrades whose loved ones and friends have died and been buried in exile, director Hajjaj spans the globe, bringing extraordinary personal stories together from Vietnam to London. Each story is unique, personal, and often surprising together these portraits of Palestinians and their resting places are about life not death a life experienced in exile, in revolution, in flight, and in every corner of our world. Along with many others, the film tells the resonant stories of the burials of legendary Palestinian exiles including Naji el Ali, Edward Said, and Ibrahim Abu Lughod.