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Directed by | Ester Gould + Sabine Lubbe Bakker

Genre documentary  |  Length: 85mins  |  Year of production: 2009


Born in the Golan Heights, Druze buddies Ezat and Bayan have lived their entire lives under Israeli occupation. Thanks to Syrian parentage, they get the opportunity to study in Damascus. But students can cross the border just once annually, meaning they can’t visit home for 12 months. With a solid dose of selfconfidence and testosterone, these young men depart seeking adventure. In Damascus, they hope to discover Arab roots and “live the dream”. But the capital turns out to be a drab metropolis where they don't feel at home and apparently have to be careful about what they say. They find people from the Golan Heights often get the cold shoulder, and are soon compelled to choose between their new home and the village of their birth. From “Shouting Hill”, on the border between Syria and the occupied Golan Heights, Ezat and Bayan now call out to their families left behind.