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AQABAT-JABER, Peace with no return? 1995
61 minutes | 16 mm | color | 4:3 | 1995 / Location : Palestine / OV : Arabi

Can peace between Israel and Palestine be possible without the return of the Palestinian refugees to their homeland which has now become Israel ? Does the return - either physical or symbolic - of people that suffered an injustice in 1948 when the state of Israel was created have to take place.

Having made "Aqabat Jaber, passing through" just before the Intifada, Eyal Sivan returns to a refugee camp the day after the evacuation of the region by the Israeli army. A few kilometres from Jericho and built 50 years ago, Aqabat-Jaber is a refugee camp that is under Palestinian control today. Its 3,000 inhabitants have not however seen their status change. According to the peace treaty, they are still refugees and cannot go back to the villages from which their parents fled. The return home of the refugees, right at the heart of the Israelo-Palestine conflict, will determine the future of the Middle East.

This film, which hopes to be analogical, tells the story of the Palestinian refugees, like all refugees, deported populations, displaced persons, that are the centre of the great conflicts of the 20th century.

© momento production [FR] | Amythos [ISR] | la Sept ARTE [FR]


61 minutes | 16 mm | color | 4:3 | 1995
Location : Palestine

OV : Arabic
Sub-titles : French, English, Spanish

A film by
Eyal Sivan

Armelle Laborie
Nurith Aviv
Rémy Attal
Sylvie Pontoizeau


A strong testimony about the uprooted from everywhere (...) A beautifull sobriety cleared out from the usual conventional speach.

Eyal Sivan continues his relentless and disturbing work, from film to film, investigating thre true nature of his native country. Any study of memory, of history, of values, of the myths of Israel confronted with reality, depends, of course, and perhaps above all, for Eyal Sivan on getting to know your opponent. In this case, the enemy / partner over the last 50 years, the palestinian people.
Le Nouvel Observateur

From this honest and authentic film, that hauls out poetry from poerty the depths of despair, we understand that the Prophet stopped in Aqabat Jaber, this metaphor of the palestinian deadlock.
Télérama  »

06/07/1995 - "Aqabat Jaber, l'envers d'une histoire héroïque" by Catherine Humblot (Le Monde)

06/07/1995 - "Réfugiés palestiniens, un exil sans retour" by Jean-Pierre Perrin (Libération)

06/03/1995 - "L'Attente des réfugiés palestiniens" (La Marseillaise)

06/01/1995 - "Au bord du Jourdain, les réfugiés" (La Vie)

06/01/1995 - "Incarcérations" by Jacques Mandelbaum (Tribune Juive)

06/01/1995 - "Réfugiés palestiniens : droit au retour ?" by Lise Benkemoun (Actualité Juive)

06/01/1995 - "Aqabat Jaber, une paix sans retour" by Emmanuel Leclercq (Les Cahiers du Cinéma)

06/01/1995 - "Aqabat Jaber, Paix sans retour ?" by Roman Pons-Prades (Télé K7)

05/31/1995 - “Aqabat-Jaber, Paix sans retour ?" by Antoine Perraud (Télérama)

06/13/1991 - "Aqabat-Jaber, Passing through" by Paul Sherman (Boston Herald)

03/16/1988 - "Aqabat-Jaber, Passing through", by Annette Lust (Swiss Journal)

03/16/1988 - "Light on Palestinian plight: refugees in their own land" by Pele deLappe (People's Daily World)

11/01/1987 - "Aqabat-Jaber, Passing through" by Miriam Rosen (Middle East Report)

10/31/1987 - "Aqabat-Jaber, Vie de passage" (Rencontres Cinéma Méditerranéen Montpellier)

10/01/1987 - "Refugees watch themselves in award-winning film" (Palestine Refugees Today)

10/01/1987 - "Aqabat-Jaber, Vie de passage", by Marie Appert (Positif)

09/23/1987 - "Aqabat-Jaber, Passing through" (Variety)

09/01/1987 - "Lettre de Jérusalem - Un festival pour le public", by Bérénice Reynaud (Les Cahiers Du Cinéma)

08/01/1987 - "Les paysans oubliés d'Aqabat Jaber", by Robert Migliorini (Faim-Développement Magazine)

07/08/1987 - "La vie ordinaire d'un camp palestinien", by Bérénice Reynaud (Libération)

07/03/1987 - "Between acts", by Andrea King (Jerusalem Post magazine)

07/03/1987 - "Aqabat-Jaber, Passing through", by Dan Izenberg (Associated Press)

06/30/1987 - "Aqabat-Jaber, Passing through" (Agence France-Presse)

06/01/1987 - "Aqabat-Jaber, Passing through" (AfricAsia)

05/17/1987 - "New film gives flavor of refugee life", by Daoud Kuttab (Al-Fajar)

05/01/1987 - “Aqabat Jaber, Vie de Passage“ (Sonovision)

04/01/1987 - "Aqabat-Jaber, Vie de passage", by Myriam Julber-Vera (Cinéma Quatre–vingt-sept)

04/01/1987 - "La ville fantôme" (Les cahiers du cinéma)

04/01/1987 - "Incertain regard" by François Niney (De Visu)