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THE KINGDOM OF WOMEN


Directed by | Dahna Aburahme

Genre documentary  |  Length: 54mins  |  Year of production: 2010


The story of the women of Ein El Hilweh refugee camp between 19821984 represents an important, if rarely recalled, chapter in the history of Palestinian refugee women in Lebanon. Following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, the Ein El Hilweh camp was destroyed and its men imprisoned. The Kingdom of Women documents the community organizing spirit of the women during this period, showing how they managed to rebuild the camp itself, as well as to protect and provide for their families while the men remained captive. Moving between past and present, between animation and video techniques, Dahna Aburahme’s powerful account of this period draws on the testimony of seven women, while emphasising the importance of all women’s contributions to the survival of the Palestinian community in Lebanese exile during this era.