Previously at the ICA - Films
24 Mar 2007
On the border between Gaza and Israel lies an isolated and abandoned beach where, against all odds, Israeli and Palestinian fishermen lived and fished together from 1999 to 2003. The Palestinians were teaching the Israelis ancient fishing techniques transmitted from one generation to the next and the Israelis, by their presence, were enabling the Palestinians to continue to fish in Israeli waters. The film intimately and beautifully documents these four crucial years in the lives of this eclectic group of men from warring cultures, who are brought together by their shared work and the natural threats they face each day in the open sea. Ultimately it is not the harshness of nature that is the greatest obstacle to their work, but the pressures of politics and the fighting surrounding their enclave.
The screening is preceded by a short play from the Royal Court Theatre's International Playwrights Programme: An Infidel in the Upper Room.
A Q&A with the director Avner Faingulernt will follow the screening.
Dirs Avner Faingulernt and Macabit Abramzon, Israel 2005, 90 mins, subtitles