Zahrah

Zahrah
Genre:
Documentary, Biography | Director: Mohammed Bakri | Language: Arabic, English Subtitles | Length: 70 minutes | Country: Palestine, Israel | Year: 2009 | Rating: N/A

Director Mohammad Bakri narrates this personal documentary about his aunt Zahra Bakri. Mrs. Bakri was born and raised in the Palestinian village of al-Bane in the Galilee. Starting with her childhood, the film takes us on a journey through Palestine’s turbulent history and chronicles the effects of these unfolding events on Zahra and her extended family. We experience the violence that resulted in the establishment of Israel, the effect of life under martial law (1948-1966) on Palestinian family life, and the radical transformation of Palestinian society from a majority to a disenfranchised minority in their own homeland.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: WH.H.8.1 

Slingshot Hip Hop

Slingshot Hip Hop
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Jacqueline Reem Salloum | Language: Arabic, Hebrew, English, English Subtitles | Length: 83 minutes | Country: Palestine, Israel | Year: 2008 | Rating: N/A

Slingshot Hip Hop braids together the stories of young Palestinians living in Gaza, the West Bank and inside Israel as they discover Hip Hop and employ it as a tool to surmount divisions imposed by occupation and poverty. From internal checkpoints and Separation Walls to gender norms and generational differences, this is the story of young people crossing the borders that separate them.

NCSCOS Essential Standards: 7.C.1.2, WH.H.8.1, WH.H.8.2

Shadow in Baghdad

Shadow in Baghdad
Genre:
Documentary | Director: Duki Dror | Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew, with English Subtitles | Length: 70 minutes | Country: Israel, Iraq, Jordan | Year: 2013 | Rating: N/A

SHADOW IN BAGHDAD tells the story of Linda Abdul Aziz, who escaped the upheaval of Iraq in the early 1970’s to Israel, and her father, who disappeared shortly thereafter to an unknown fate. The film follows Linda as an unexpected connection with a young Iraqi journalist sets her back on the path towards Baghdad and the truth behind her father’s disappearance. As mutual suspicion converts to trust, the two begin to revisit a painful past, drawing closer and closer to the tragic story of Linda’s father’s ending. What they ultimately uncover is not only the fate of Linda’s father but that of the once thriving Iraqi Jewish community whose over 2,000 years’ history came to an abrupt end in the 1970’s.

Available to stream online for a small fee here.