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.
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