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Directed by | Tone Andersen

Genre documentary  |  Length: 24mins  |  Year of production: 2005

In the northern Galilee, Ali and Therese are not allowed to build a house on their own land. They take up the fight with the surrounding community of Misgav, whilst living in a house under a constant threat of demolition. Despite fines and prison terms, they are refusing to give up, hoping they will eventually be able to live in their house legally. My Land tells one of the stories from within Israel that rarely reach the attention of the mainstream media. While there are aggressive government sponsored campaigns and financial incentives used to persuade Jewish Israelis to settle in the Galilee, residents of pre existing Arab towns struggle to get planning permission in their own lands. My Land exposes the plight of that 20% of the Israeli population who are Palestinian Arabs. Being Israeli by citizenship, Palestinian by nationality and Arab by ethnicity, they are seen as suspect in some Arab countries and yet are treated as an internal enemy by the state of Israel.