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Rachel Leah Jones's 2002 video documentary weaves a caustic indictment of the Israeli state from the threads of individual lives. Most of the inhabitants of Ayn Hawd, a 700-year-old Arab village, were expelled during the 1948 war and resettled in refugee camps. A minority who moved to the surrounding hills now serve as a labor pool for Ein Hod, a Jewish artists' colony that replaced the town. The Arabs are forbidden to install electricity in their houses; a Jewish woman opines that it “isn't so bad” to grow up without it. Footage of a Jewish resident showing off the way his new home tastefully integrates elements of Arab architecture contrasts with an earlier pan across faces of the displaced, each of whom recites a few terse facts about his family's dispossession." In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles. 48 min.

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