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Desert Brides

Miriam El Kwader, a Bedouin wedding photographer and mother of seven, living in an unknown and neglected Negev village, reveals through her camera lens, the world of Bedouin weddings; the most distressing issue revealed is polygamy.
This is the story of three, relatively educated and independent women, trying to survive, each in their own way in their world – a life of polygamy. One is a “first wife”, living in constant fear that her husband will bring home a second wife. The other two are pushed into marrying already married men, and become “second wives”, forced to cooperate within a structure they despise or are afraid of.
The family tragedies presented in this film, highlight the strength and survival of the social structures and their injustices; leaning usually on the victims’ partial cooperation.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Documentary at the DocAviv International Film festival, Israel, 2008; Best Documentary at the Israeli international Womens Film Festival, 2008; Best Cinematagrapghy at the Israeli Academy Documentary awards, 2008; full list of festivals and awards

Director: Ada Ushpiz

Producer: Ada Ushpiz

Production Company: AU Films

Cinematographer: Danor Glazer

Editor: Ron Goldman

Soundtrack Editor: Alex Claud

Original Soundtrack: Eli Soorani

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, the Second TV and Radio Authority, the Marc Rich Foundation

Script: Ada Ushpiz

Distributor: Go2Films

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: כלות המדבר

Miriam El Kwader, a Bedouin wedding photographer and mother of seven, living in an unknown and neglected Negev village, reveals through her camera lens, the world of Bedouin weddings; the most distressing issue revealed is polygamy.
This is the story of three, relatively educated and independent women, trying to survive, each in their own way in their world – a life of polygamy. One is a “first wife”, living in constant fear that her husband will bring home a second wife. The other two are pushed into marrying already married men, and become “second wives”, forced to cooperate within a structure they despise or are afraid of.
The family tragedies presented in this film, highlight the strength and survival of the social structures and their injustices; leaning usually on the victims’ partial cooperation.

Festivals and Awards:

Best Documentary at the DocAviv International Film festival, Israel, 2008; Best Documentary at the Israeli international Womens Film Festival, 2008; Best Cinematagrapghy at the Israeli Academy Documentary awards, 2008; full list of festivals and awards

 

Director: Ada Ushpiz

Producer: Ada Ushpiz

Production Company: AU Films

Cinematographer: Danor Glazer

Editor: Ron Goldman

Soundtrack Editor: Alex Claud

Original Soundtrack: Eli Soorani

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, the Second TV and Radio Authority, the Marc Rich Foundation

Script: Ada Ushpiz

Distributor: Go2Films

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: כלות המדבר

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