Of Land and Bread (90 Minute Version)
Catalogue Number: TVP089
Producer: Video Project, Inc.
Subject: Canadian World Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Current Events, Documentary, Global Studies, History, Media and Communications, Social Studies, World History
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Adult
Country Of Origin: United States
Copyright Year: 2019
Running Time: 92:01
Of Land and Bread is a series of vignettes about the daily life of Palestinians in the West Bank. It is a story of constant vulnerability where one's life is lived under the specter of state violence and the whims of settlers, and a camera is one's only defense.
In 2005, human rights organization B'Tselem established a video department, seeking to amplify the impact and power of their written reports on human rights violations in the Occupied Territories with visual documentation. Two years later, they launched the Camera Project, providing video cameras and training to Palestinian volunteers in the West Bank to document their own lives under Israeli occupation. Since the project launched, the real-time images taken by these amateur photographers have become a staple of B’Tselem’s reporting. Raw material captured by staff and volunteers over the past decade have been carefully catalogued into an extensively unique video archive. Of Land and Bread consists entirely of footage from this archive, showing first hand the lived experiences of Palestinians.
The film shows the regular injustices enacted upon Palestinians under occupation from uniformed soldiers and police, as well as from Israeli settlers who are acting under their protection. The Palestinians have neither political rights nor the right to protest, and lie on the receiving end of a project of dispossession of land, resources, and culture. Of Land and Bread challenges prevailing narratives regarding settlements and offers an opportunity for expression and empathy.
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Oslo Human Rights Film Festival, Honorable Mention
Vera Film Festival
Oslo Human Rights Film Festival
Visions de reel
"Highly Recommended. Tarabieh reminds us that these cameras are being held by individuals, and that what is going on behind the lens is as important as what is going on in front of it...Two large themes develop, closely intertwined. The first is the theme of harassment and loss of control. The second is the theme of resistance...Film explores the many ways that Palestinians resist...Of Land and Bread builds toward the assertion that the camera is as powerful as the gun."
— Educational Media Reviews Online
“Incredibly important in its unflinching subjective point of view. Every scene stands as a vignette that lingers - each one compounding the next, impressing upon the viewer the reality of the injustice to which Palestinians in the occupied territories are subjected. Through their images and perspective, the viewer is asked to witness and experience the fear and vulnerability they experience at the hand of mostly young, indoctrinated footsoldiers of a totalitarian state. While the footage has urgency and power, we also felt that the director’s assembly of the material has a poeticism that encourages reflection as much as shock, and that there is something quite powerful that happens when these clips - typically seen online as individual incidents - are presented together as a work of cinema."
“The film that we give a special mention has a uniqueness in its footage - it is used to document the everyday life of people living under occupation and severe discrimination. What it means to every day be confronted with heavily armed soldiers, and the fear it creates, something which is so well depicted in the film. Showing the eyes of the children, the distress the parents feel by not being able to protect them from violent exposures and threats. The scenes were shot by people who live these lives and skillfully combined by the filmmaker, resulting in a disturbing and unforgettable experience."
— Oslo Human Rights Film Festival Jury
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