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Arna’s Children


Legendary activist Arna Mer Khamis married a Palestinian Arab and spent her life campaigning for justice and human rights in her homeland of Israel. She founded an alternative education system and opened a theatre group for Palestinian children where her son, Juliano Mer Khamis, was a director. The theater group struggled to continue after Arna died in 1995 and ultimately did not survive. 5 years after Arna’s death, Juliano returns to the camp to discover what happened to Arna’s children. Mer Khamis’s film juxtaposes the sweet-faced young boys with the militants and martyrs they become. Arna’s Children reveals the tragedy and horror of young lives trapped by the circumstances of occupation.

Running Time: 84 min.
Subject(s): Arts and Culture, Children, Education, Ethnography, Human Rights, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Middle Eastern Studies, War
Language(s): Arabic, English, Hebrew
Subtitles: English
Producer(s): Osnat Trabelsi, Pieter van Huystee
Cinematographer: Juliano Mer-Khamis, Hanna Abu Saada, Uri Steinmetz
Editor(s): Govert Janse, Obbe Verwer
Production Company: Pieter Van Huystee Film and Television, Trabelsi Productions

Festival Participation

  • Tribeca Film Festival - 2004
    Best Documentary Feature
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival - 2004
    FIPRESCI Prize
  • Gouden Beeld - 2004
    Best Documentary

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