grief and revoltGRIEF AND REVOLT
Middle-East: On both sides of war women remember and long for peace

Documentary film based on the book THE WAR WITH TWO VOICES by Laurence Deonna
42 minutes
Video, colour
Original version: Arabe and Hebrew / English version

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Scriptwriter and director Lucienne Lanaz
Co-scriptwriter Laurence Deonna
Protagonists Iman Ahmed Hussein, Rachel Girafi, Bernadette Boutros, Hadassa Pilater, Oum Hashem, Raya Rotem
Original music Daniel Jeanin
Camera Joss Szymansk
Technique José et Marilou Maldavski
Editing Lucienne Lanaz, Ch. Derengnaucourt-Fischer
Graphics Mary-Jo Fahrny
Postproduction Fonction Cinéma, Genève, TVF, Genève, Zone 33, Berne, UNO Geneva


Flooded by information on the Middle East, we tend to assume that we are well informed. Yet, most of the time this information barely scratches the surface, let alone addresses the core of people’s lives.

Setting aside spectacular headlines, this film aims to dig deeper by having us hear the voices and see the faces of women whom history has pitted against one another – women who have each lost someone dear to them. In their own words, three Jewish and three Arab women bare witness to their lives and the fact of their beloved who continue to live in their dreams. They testify to archaic traditions that crush widows. Whatever their religious or social origins, the pain of these women “in enemy camps” is the same and is not erased by time regardless of appearances.

Enemy women maybe yet ready to extend a hand so that “peace may finally be achieved.”