Three Times Divorced

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Three Times Divorced

Khitam, A Gaza Band born Palestinian woman, was married off in an arranged match to an Israeli Arab, followed him to Israel and bore him six children. When her husband divorced her – in absentia – in the Sharia (Muslim) court he gained custody of the children and Khitam was left with nothing. She cannot contact the children and has no property. Although married to an Israeli, she does not have an Israeli citizenship. Now she is out on a dual battle, the most crucial of her life: against the Sharia court – which always rules in favor of the husband – and against the state, in an effort to gain a temporary permit to stay in Israel in a shelter for abused women, while fighting for custody of her children.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Israeli Documentary at DocAviv, Israel, 2007;  Silver Award at Fippa, Biarritz International Film Festival, France, 2008; Special Jury Award at the Sole E Luna International Documentary Film Festival, Italy, 2008;  HotDocs International Film Festival, Canada, 2007; Bergen International Film Festival, Norway, 2007; Women's International Film Festival, Israel, 2007; Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Denmark, 2007; Leipzig International Film Festival, Germany, 2007; San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008;  Zimbabwe International Human Rights Film Festival, Africa, 2008; Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival, Belgium, 2008; PSBT Open Frame International Film Festival, New Delhi, India, 2008; Zurich International Film Festival, Switzerland, 2008; Boston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008; Terre Des Femmes Int'l Film Festival, Germany, 2008

Director: Ibtisam Mara'ana

Producer: Nitza Gonen, Timna Goldstein-Hattab

Production Company: Gon Productions

Cinematographer: Ibtisam Mara'ana

Editor: Erez Laufer

Original Soundtrack: Yonatan Bar Giora

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Second Authority for Television and Radio

Distributor: Ruth Diskin Films

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: שלוש פעמים מגורשת

Khitam, A Gaza Band born Palestinian woman, was married off in an arranged match to an Israeli Arab, followed him to Israel and bore him six children. When her husband divorced her – in absentia – in the Sharia (Muslim) court he gained custody of the children and Khitam was left with nothing. She cannot contact the children and has no property. Although married to an Israeli, she does not have an Israeli citizenship. Now she is out on a dual battle, the most crucial of her life: against the Sharia court – which always rules in favor of the husband – and against the state, in an effort to gain a temporary permit to stay in Israel in a shelter for abused women, while fighting for custody of her children.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Israeli Documentary at DocAviv, Israel, 2007;  Silver Award at Fippa, Biarritz International Film Festival, France, 2008; Special Jury Award at the Sole E Luna International Documentary Film Festival, Italy, 2008;  HotDocs International Film Festival, Canada, 2007; Bergen International Film Festival, Norway, 2007; Women's International Film Festival, Israel, 2007; Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Denmark, 2007; Leipzig International Film Festival, Germany, 2007; San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008;  Zimbabwe International Human Rights Film Festival, Africa, 2008; Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival, Belgium, 2008; PSBT Open Frame International Film Festival, New Delhi, India, 2008; Zurich International Film Festival, Switzerland, 2008; Boston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008; Terre Des Femmes Int'l Film Festival, Germany, 2008

Director: Ibtisam Mara'ana

Producer: Nitza Gonen, Timna Goldstein-Hattab

Production Company: Gon Productions

Cinematographer: Ibtisam Mara'ana

Editor: Erez Laufer

Original Soundtrack: Yonatan Bar Giora

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, The Second Authority for Television and Radio

Distributor: Ruth Diskin Films

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: שלוש פעמים מגורשת

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