Paradise (Fureidis in Arabic), a picturesque fishing village overlooking the Mediterranean, is a Palestinian enclave inside Israel with a history that whispers of massacres and deportation. This young Arab-Israeli director’s research takes her to London and back before she uncovers her hometown’s secret past. Winner of the Best Debut Documentary and Best Cinematography awards at the Docaviv Documentary Film Festival. 2003, Israel, color, video, 56 minutes.
Directed by Yulie Cohen-Gerstel
In 1978, filmmaker Yulie Cohen-Gerstel, then a flight attendant for the Israeli airline El Al, was wounded in a terrorist attack by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine when they hijacked her flight to London. Twenty-three years later, in a remarkable twist of fate, she questions the causes of violence between Israelis and Palestinians and considers helping release the man who almost killed her. 2002, Israel, color, video, 58 minutes.