This feature-length film introduces viewers to Soraida, a Palestinian woman who lives in Ramallah. In her neighbourhood the women do not all wear veils, the men do not rattle off empty political slogans, the young people do not strap bombs to their belts, and the children play together like kids everywhere. Taking us into the daily existence of Soraida, her family and neighbours, the film compels us to ask fundamental questions about life in the Middle East.
Ages 15 to 17
History - World History
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues
This feature film should be shown before addressing the Palestinian/Israeli conflict in class. After screening it, the teacher can ask students to expand on the topic by doing research on the origins of the conflict, as well as on certain key concepts mentioned in the film, such as the Intifada, the notion of invasion, the British role in the conflict, the significance of the years 1948 and 1967, the role of President Yasser Arafat, the city of Ramallah, etc.