Fouad is a father, grandfather, poet and survivor of the destruction of his village, living in Sydney. His small Galilean village was invaded during the olive harvest of 1948. Over seventy men and boys were lined up across an ancient limestone wall, blindfolded and executed. The survivors were driven across the border to Lebanon, where many still live today in refugee camps. A Disturbed Earth, both as film and research project, reverses the journey.
Fouad’s youngest daughter begins to piece together scattered fragments of the story via the vivid ‘imaginary’ of the lost village expressed in the memories of the survivors. Traces of indigenous life in the village prior to invasion are documented and Israeli and British state archives are explored. The village’s elders bring to life memories of the people buried under the disturbed earth of the village.
What follows is a story about dispossession, memory and longing – a story buried, but waiting under the breathing rubble of a village.
A TIME CRITICAL PROJECT
The film project is archival in nature, capturing an important and untold story of a village. We want to document the oral history testimonies and create a record of the lost village while we still can. The survivors of the attack on the village who are able to share memories of the invasion, and more importantly, about life in the village prior to, are now over 80 years old. The documentation of the oral testimonies is not only a crucial element of the story, it is time critical.
CURRENT STAGE & WHAT WE WILL BE DOING WITH YOUR DONATION
We recently completed the first leg of production in Lebanon. We filmed several interviews with elders from the village. We also filmed the refugee camps along with other areas in Lebanon that formed key moments in the survivor’s first few years in exile and homelessness before the refugee camps were built.
Currently we are raising money to edit what has been filmed to date. Editing what we have shot will allow us to plan and prepare the final leg of production.
Edited scenes will also allow us to raise the funds needed to finish the film.
MATCH LAB: YOUR DONATION WILL BE MATCHED DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR
Rihab is one of 25 artists selected for Creative Partnerships Australia MATCH program of 2018. That is, Creative Partnerships Australia will match dollar-to-dollar the first $10,000 raised in this current campaign!
All contributions over $2 made in Australia are tax deductible.