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4 Kilometers

Somewhere between the 1947 traditional Bedouin desert-life of southern Israel and the 2007 modern city life of Beer-Sheba, just 4 Kilometers off the highway, lives a small Bedouin community. 15 year old Hulud has a dream; she is cracking the barrier set on that highway.
With her young brother and sister she goes on a journey that will enable her to let go of the life she once wished for.

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The film was shot in Wady El-Na'am, an unrecognized Bedouin village in the desert of southern Israel. It was financed by the LFS as an MA graduation project, as well as with a grand I was awarded with by the National Geographic ''All-Roads-Film-Project''. The story came about after 18 months I spent in-and-out of the village, learning the reality of the place, the culture and the people. I tried illustrating the life of a small community in Israel, expressing the atmosphere and tempo of this reality with patient wide lenses, just observing, not rushing, not going no were. I wanted to just put the camera there and look at the village living its life.
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Copyright © 2008 Miri Shapiro

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Previous screenings

International Women Film Festival
15 Sep – 21 Sep | Rehovot, Israel
14 Oct – 21 Oct | Israel
Mostra Internacional de Cinema São Paulo | 2008
17 Oct – 30 Oct | São Paulo, Brazil
4 Nov – 16 Nov | Leeds, United Kingdom
L'Alternativa: Barcelona Independent Film Festival
14 Nov – 22 Nov | Barcelona, Spain
Faludi International Youth Film Festival and Photo Competition
14 Nov – 15 Nov | Budapest, Hungary
20 Nov – 27 Nov | Prishtina, Kosovo
23 Nov – 27 Nov | Manchester, United Kingdom
1 Dec – 3 Dec | A Coruña, Spain
Early Melons International Student Film Festival
11 Mar – 14 Mar | Bratislava, Slovakia
Hong Kong Independent Short Film and Video Awards | 2009
13 Mar – 22 Mar | Hong Kong
Fribourg International Film Festival
14 Mar – 21 Mar | Fribourg, Switzerland
19 Mar – 27 Mar | Tiburon, United States
24 Apr – 2 May | Worthing, United Kingdom
7 Aug – 15 Aug | Saint Petersburg, Russia
Cinemed: Montpellier International Mediterranean Film Festival
23 Oct – 1 Nov | Montpellier, France
18 Nov – 4 Dec | Belfast, United Kingdom

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