Apples of the Golan

Apples of the Golan

A film by Jill Beardsworth and Keith Walsh

Documentary | 82′ | 2012

Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles

“A story of rappers, rockers and regimes, salsa dancers, holy men and dead fish, traitors, lovers, freedom fighters and their loving mothers set to the backdrop of the revolution raging over the border in their homeland Syria.”

Before 1967, the Golan Heights was Syrian territory with 139 villages. Since the Six-Day War, the territory has been occupied by Israel. Some 130,000 Arabs were expelled, with no possibility of return. Shot over a period of five years, this film recounts the daily life of residents in Majda Shams, one of the five remaining Syrian villages. Apples, music, love, betrayal and little hope for this people torn between nation and territory.

 

More info about the film at applesofthegolan.com

Jill & Keith have been making documentaries together since 2005. They were described in 2006 by Felim Mc Dermott, programmer of the Galway Film Fleadh as “major new Irish talents”. They work as a two-person crew directing, shooting and editing all their own work. They founded Twopair Films in 2009 with the purpose to making documentaries. Apples of the Golan is their second feature documentary together and won the jury prize for best documentary at the Baghdad International Film Festival 2013. ‘Children of Allah’ their first feature received a special mention at the Medfilm Festival 2007