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Desert Brides

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Year of participation 2009
Program Documentary Competition

Desert Brides
Producer(s) Ada Ushpiz
Director(s) Ada Ushpiz
Script Ada Ushpiz
Director of Photography Danor Glazer
Sound Alex Claude
Edit Ron Goldmann
Production company(-ies) Au FILMS adaushpiz@gmail.com
 

Synopsis

This is the story of three Bedouin women, struggling within a polygamous system. Living in the Negev desert in Israel, the story is told through the eyes of a wedding photographer, Miriam Al-Quader. She herself is living under constant fear that her husband will marry “over her” (the expression used when a man chooses an additional wife). The other two women 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’ reluctant cooperation. Brides of the Desert takes us deep inside a closed society and also into an emotional space that is rarely revealed.

Awards
Winner (DocAviv IFF), Winner (Israeli International Womens FF), Best Cinematagraphy (Israeli Academy Documentary Awards).

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