A humanitarian crisis is unfolding in the Gaza Strip, epitomized by cyclic violence and destruction, chronic fuel and water crises and one of the highest unemployment rates worldwide. The majority of the two million people are only focusing on having enough to eat and trying to find security and some form of stability in their lives. Yet among them lives a man who is different, who has a different philosophy about life – especially when it comes to family and having children. While an average number of six children is the norm in Gaza, he opposes the idea of having even one child for fear that this his child would have to endure the same hardship and slavery he and the rest of the people have to go through on a daily basis. His wife, on the other hand, has a traditional way of thinking: she wants to be a mother and she cannot wait to be so. Amidst another raging war in Gaza, the man cannot hide his fear about the idea of having a child; the only way he finds to escape the bitter reality is to lose himself in his own imagination, diving into memories of his childhood when he dreamt about sailing away in a boat made of paper.
FICTION | 2017 | COLOR | 15' | O.V. ARABIC | 2016 | COLOR | 16'30'' | PALESTINE
A shelter in Gaza during a bombing. A young couple waits in the small claustrophobic room. She is pregnant, but how can she be willing to give life to a human being in these conditions? The future father is lost in the memories of his childhood. A reflection on freedom, slavery and surrender, sustained by a pressing emotional tension.