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RECOGNIZED


Directed by | Ori Kleiner

Genre documentary  |  Length: 61mins  |  Year of production: 2007


Director’s statement: “Bedouin usually appear in the Israeli collective consciousness as either "ethnographic" or "demographic" issues. Their representation by means of various objects: coffee, camels, tents, carpets keeps most Israelis from seeing them as people with hopes and dreams, frustrations and fears, as possessing not only a past but a future as well. Recognized focuses on the fragmented experiences of Nuri al Ukbi, Salman Abu Jlidan, Eid Al Athamin, Ibrahim Abu Afash, and Samaher Abu Jlidan whom history has cast in the roles of protagonists antagonized by a state that has established itself upon their ancestral lands. Recognized is not a film about Bedouin, but about people forced into a role of Bedouin as the only identity the State of Israel allows them, and at the same time the very identity it systematically denies them. Substandard citizenship, coupled with daily existential obstacles posed by the State, are what this film is concerned with.”