-Fadia’s Tree

Fri 25 November 2022
Time 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Price £6

Director: Sarah Beddington (United Kingdom, 2021, F-Rated)
Certification: U  | 1 h  26 min |Documentary | Language: Arabic, English with English subtitles

Fadia’s Tree is a British documentary in which a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon hopes to locate an ancient mulberry tree with connections to her family’s history. 

While millions of birds migrate freely in the skies, Fadia, a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, yearns for the ancestral homeland she is denied. She challenges Sarah, the Director of the film, to find an ancient mulberry tree that stands as witness to her family’s existence – with only inherited memories, a blind man and a two-headed dragon as her guides. Along the way, Sarah meets with ornithologists whose observations on the homing instincts of the birds inadvertently reveal the unresolved problems of the region.

Spanning fifteen years, this story of a friendship that stays connected across a divided land and a fragmented people adopts a birds’ eye perspective to reflect on freedom of movement, exile and the hope of return.

Sarah Beddington, director of the film highlights “Now seems like a particularly apt moment for fresh examination of the refugees’ situation and I hope that the perspective of the film, via the natural world, may help in some way to reopen debate about finding a resolution for the largest group of people held in limbo for the longest period of time.

Special event including Introductory talk by Bradford On Avon Friends of Palestine. Judith Hammond and Penny Welch will outline the highlights of their recent first official visit to Tubas since their ‘Friendship Link’ was established with Bradford on Avon in March 2020.

★★★★ “Filmmaker Sarah Beddington makes offbeat connections along the way, which add layers of emotion and insight to tell a deeply personal story in the context of a much bigger world”  –  Shadows on the Wall 

With support of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery in order to bring this project to more audiences across the UK.

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