Naseej (Fabric of Life)

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Naseej (Fabric of Life)

Naseej

Spring time. The desert sheds its winter foliage, obeying summer’s reign. The local Awassi sheep shearing season has arrived. Khadra Al Sana steps into her pickup truck on her way to oversee the sheep shearing process in the Negev. Shepherd after shepherd, flock after flock. Six months later, Khadra will return to the heart of the desert to weigh and buy the wool from the female weavers. The yarn will go to the Sidrah Bedouin women’s weaving center in Lakiya. Nasij or Naseej is a film about the most underprivileged sector in Israel: Bedouin women. These are working women who maintain a traditional and extremely private lifestyle. They barely make a living off a traditional craft dating back 4000 years. Nasij (Arabic for “weaving” and “the fabric of life”), creates a platform for a group whose voices are never heard and provides an intimate view of a society which few of us know about. The film exposes the viewer to a world of feminine yearnings, passions, pains, colors, and rugs. A world in which every day is a struggle, on the border between advancement and tradition.

Festivals and Awards:

Jerusaelm International Film Festival, Israel, 2009

Director: Timna Rosenheimer

Producer: Eytan Harris

Cinematographer: Eytan Harris

Editor: Micha Livne

Soundtrack Editor: Uri Drumer

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

Distributor: Eytan Harris Productions Ltd

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: נסיג'

Spring time. The desert sheds its winter foliage, obeying summer’s reign. The local Awassi sheep shearing season has arrived. Khadra Al Sana steps into her pickup truck on her way to oversee the sheep shearing process in the Negev. Shepherd after shepherd, flock after flock. Six months later, Khadra will return to the heart of the desert to weigh and buy the wool from the female weavers. The yarn will go to the Sidrah Bedouin women’s weaving center in Lakiya. Nasij or Naseej is a film about the most underprivileged sector in Israel: Bedouin women. These are working women who maintain a traditional and extremely private lifestyle. They barely make a living off a traditional craft dating back 4000 years. Nasij (Arabic for “weaving” and “the fabric of life”), creates a platform for a group whose voices are never heard and provides an intimate view of a society which few of us know about. The film exposes the viewer to a world of feminine yearnings, passions, pains, colors, and rugs. A world in which every day is a struggle, on the border between advancement and tradition.

Festivals and Awards:

Jerusaelm International Film Festival, Israel, 2009

Naseej

Director: Timna Rosenheimer

Producer: Eytan Harris

Cinematographer: Eytan Harris

Editor: Micha Livne

Soundtrack Editor: Uri Drumer

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

Distributor: Eytan Harris Productions Ltd

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: נסיג'

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