Ada Ushpiz
Children
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Children

Children

Ada Ushpiz

2020
128 min.
Israel
Arabic, Hebrew and English
Subtitles: Catalan, Spanish and English

An immersion in the emotional and psychological world of a new generation of Palestinians, especially underage girls, who are bravely fighting the occupation.

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Show
Direction
Ada Ushpiz
Production
Ada Ushpiz
Production company
Cinephil
Script
Ada Ushpiz
Cinematography
Danor Glazer, Bilal Saed
Editing
Neta Braun
Music
Avi Balleli
Synopsis

Director Ada Uspiz opens a window into the intimate lives of five Palestinian children, aged 6 to 17, who are growing up in a context of violence and daily clashes with Israeli settlers and soldiers. Through five personal stories, we discover how the constant presence of soldiers on the streets of occupied Palestine destabilizes the health and mood of minors. The situation is perverse and means that children become adults prematurely.

Dima, 12, has just been released from prison charged with assaulting a soldier with a knife and is surrounded by television cameras when she is reunited with her parents. Jana, the cousin of activist Ahed Tamimi, uses popularity on social media to report the injustice that makes her life a nightmare. They both seek their own voice in an adverse and oppressive environment.

The pressure reaches unbearable limits, but the strength of the youth is indestructible.

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About the direction
Ada Ushpiz

Ada Ushpiz

Director

Ada Ushpiz is a renowned Israeli film producer and director. She graduated in Philosophy and History...

DocsBarcelona Trajectory

2021
DocsBarcelona Festival · Panorama
Edició 2021

Awards and festivals

Festival Hot Docs
Canada, 2020
Jerusalem Film Festival
Israel, 2020
DOK Leipzig
Germany, 2020
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Reviews

Israeli filmmaker Ada Ushpiz's documentary immerses us in the intimate worlds of Palestinian children through a story of youths locked up in Israeli prisons.

— Vladan Petkovic · Cineuropa

Children is confronting in the way these young girls (and their male friends) are given early educations about the reality of life in Palestine.

— Glenn Dunks · The Film Experience

Ada Ushpiz’s camera dramatically demonstrates how children grow up all too quickly in Palestine.

— Jonathan Romney · Screendaily
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