Man with two kids in bed distressed, dated 3 Dec 2000.

Three Promises

(Three Promises)

Director Yousef Srouji uses his mother’s home videos to show how an ordinary Palestinian family experienced the second intifada from 2000 to 2005.

In early 2000 the Israeli army launched a retaliatory mission against the second intifada in the West Bank. Despite frequent bombings, Suha doesn’t stop filming her family. At the most dangerous times she promises God that if he keeps them safe, she’ll leave the country. She made this promise three times. For her, home videos are a safeguard against forgetting, a direct testimony of how the Israeli occupation has affected – and still affects – the daily life of Palestinian civilians. 17 years later, her film director son finds her amateur footage. The conflict between the nations deprived him and his sister of their childhood. He tries to finish telling his mother’s story in order to grasp the essence of their transgenerational trauma.

Světozor Cinema – Large Hall, Vodičkova 41, Praha 1

Marielle Olentine, Producer
Yousef Srouji, Director
David Scharf, Moderator

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Pavel Barša, Political scientist
Lucie Alalu Šarkadyová, Moderator

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TitleThree Promises
Original TitleThree Promises
Original LanguageArabic
Subtitles Czech, English
PremiéraCzech premiere
Film typeFull-length documentary
Year of Production2023
Country of OriginPalestine, Lebanon, USA
Length61 min.
Tags Cost of Safety, Middle East
Director Yousef Srouji

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