Paradise Lost

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Paradise Lost

Faradis (“Paradise” in Arabic), a picturesque fishermen’s village overlooking the Mediterranean, is a Palestinian enclave inside the state of Israel, with a history that echoes stories of massacre and deportation. When the director investigates the secret past of her village, she learns more than she expects; as she uncovers the story of the village’s mythic “bad girl,” her troubles begin. Paradise Lost acts as a film-diary which recreates a lost history and re-defines modern womanhood within traditional Arab village life.

Festivals and Awards:

Dokfest Munich, 2003; Human Rights Film Festival, New York and London, 2003;  Best Debut Documentary and Best Cinematography at the DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2003; Documentary Award at the Women's Film Festival of Rehovot, 2003; Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 2010

Director: Ibtisam Mara’ana

Production Company: Zygote Films

Cinematographer: Nili Aslan

Editor: Sara Salomon

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, MEDEA Programme, TV Ontario, Cinema Project – The Rabinowitz Foundation, Makor Foundation for Cinema and Television, NOGA Communications – Channel 8

Distributor: Go2Films

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: פארדיס, גן עדן אבוד

Faradis (“Paradise” in Arabic), a picturesque fishermen’s village overlooking the Mediterranean, is a Palestinian enclave inside the state of Israel, with a history that echoes stories of massacre and deportation. When the director investigates the secret past of her village, she learns more than she expects; as she uncovers the story of the village’s mythic “bad girl,” her troubles begin. Paradise Lost acts as a film-diary which recreates a lost history and re-defines modern womanhood within traditional Arab village life.

Festivals and Awards:

Dokfest Munich, 2003; Human Rights Film Festival, New York and London, 2003;  Best Debut Documentary and Best Cinematography at the DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2003; Documentary Award at the Women's Film Festival of Rehovot, 2003; Library of Congress, Washington, DC, 2010

Director: Ibtisam Mara’ana

Production Company: Zygote Films

Cinematographer: Nili Aslan

Editor: Sara Salomon

Supporter(s): The New Fund for Cinema and Television, MEDEA Programme, TV Ontario, Cinema Project – The Rabinowitz Foundation, Makor Foundation for Cinema and Television, NOGA Communications – Channel 8

Distributor: Go2Films

Subtitles: Hebrew, English

Film Name in Hebrew: פארדיס, גן עדן אבוד

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