Bisha -The Awesome Fire Test

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Bisha -The Awesome Fire Test

Abed al-Aziz from the Judean Desert is suspected of turning his tribe over to the Israeli Secret Service; Aql al-Atrash from the Negev wants to be cleared of a charge of murder; Sa’ed from the Egyptian village of Fanara is accused of committing adultery – the lives of these three people now depend on the ordeal of the Bisha. The Bisha is a test to detect the truth and it stands at the forefront of the Bedouin legal system, the haq al-orfi (the law of knowledge).During this test, all the accused lick a piece of white-hot metal. A burnt tongue is proof that they are lying; a clean tongue will serve as incontrovertible evidence that the suspects are blameless.

Festivals and Awards:

The Israeli Institute Film Award, 1995; Special Mention at Israfest, USA, 1995; Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 1995; Palermo Film Festival, Italy, 1995

Director: Nira Sherman-Sides, Elia Sides

Producer: Nira Sherman-Sides, Elia Sides

Cinematographer: Yoram Milo

Editor: Avraham Zarbiv

Original Soundtrack: Mohammad Abu Ajaj

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, the Rabinovich Fund, The Israeli Film Center

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: בישעה - מבחן האש הנורא

Abed al-Aziz from the Judean Desert is suspected of turning his tribe over to the Israeli Secret Service; Aql al-Atrash from the Negev wants to be cleared of a charge of murder; Sa’ed from the Egyptian village of Fanara is accused of committing adultery – the lives of these three people now depend on the ordeal of the Bisha. The Bisha is a test to detect the truth and it stands at the forefront of the Bedouin legal system, the haq al-orfi (the law of knowledge).During this test, all the accused lick a piece of white-hot metal. A burnt tongue is proof that they are lying; a clean tongue will serve as incontrovertible evidence that the suspects are blameless.

Festivals and Awards:

The Israeli Institute Film Award, 1995; Special Mention at Israfest, USA, 1995; Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 1995; Palermo Film Festival, Italy, 1995

Director: Nira Sherman-Sides, Elia Sides

Producer: Nira Sherman-Sides, Elia Sides

Cinematographer: Yoram Milo

Editor: Avraham Zarbiv

Original Soundtrack: Mohammad Abu Ajaj

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, the Rabinovich Fund, The Israeli Film Center

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: בישעה - מבחן האש הנורא

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