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ARNA'S CHILDREN


Directed by | Juliano MerKhamis

Genre documentary  |  Length: 84mins  |  Year of production: 2003


Arna Mer Khamis was a legendary Israeli activist against the occupation. Born Jewish, she married a Palestinian and spent her life campaigning for human rights. In the Jenin refugee camp, Arna opened a theatre where, with her son Juliano, she taught children to express themselves through art. When Arna died of cancer in 1995, the theater ultimately did not survive. Five years later, Juliano, one of the region's leading actors, returns to discover what happened to ‘Arna's Children.' Shifting in time, his film juxtaposes the young boys with the militants and martyrs they become, exposing the horror of young lives trapped by the circumstances of Israeli occupation.

Winner: Best Documentary Feature – Tribeca Film Festival, 2004

Winner: Best First Documentary Feature ¬– Canadian International Documentary Festival, 2004