On Demand

Even in the Desert

by b.h. Yael
Personal reportage that travels to sites of resistance and solidarity in the West Bank, from Mas’ha and Susya, to Jinba and Jerusalem.
2006  ·  33m  ·  Canada, Palestine
Arabic, English, Hebrew
About the Film

EVEN IN THE DESERT is a personal reportage focusing on concrete actions by Israelis, Palestinians and international activists working together in the face of and against current agendas to displace Palestinians and to limit their movements. The video travels to various locations and sites of resistance and solidarity in the West Bank: from Mas’ha to Susya and Jinba, as well as Jerusalem.

Palestine Trilogy

EVEN IN THE DESERT is one of three videos in a series titled Palestine Trilogy (EVEN IN THE DESERT; A HOT SANDFILLED WIND; DEIR YASSIN REMEMBERED) that present Palestinian, Israeli and international activists who work together in various groups and projects that attempt to address the historic and contemporary repercussions of Israel’s occupation and colonization of land.

Upcoming Screenings

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About the Director

b.h. Yael

b.h. Yael is a Toronto based filmmaker, video and installation artist. She is Professor of Integrated Media at OCAD University and past Assistant Dean and past Chair of Integrated Media in the Faculty of Art.

Yael is the recent recipient of a Chalmers Fellowship Award and a Toronto Arts Council grant to media artists. Her most recent work, Trading the Future recently won the ‘Audience Award’ at the Ecofilms 2009 festival in Rhodes, Greece, and has also received the ‘Best Humanitarian Observation – Media Matters’ award at the Rivers Edge International Film Festival in Kentucky, USA. Trading the Future is a video essay that questions the inevitability of apocalypse and its repercussions on environmental urgencies.

Yael’s work has exhibited nationally and internationally and has shown in various settings, from festivals to galleries to various educational venues. Her work has been purchased by several universities. Yael’s past film and video work has dealt with issues of identity, authority and family structures, while at the same time addressing the fragmentary nature of memory and belonging. More recent work focuses on activist initiatives, political fear, apocalypse and gender. The work most often involves non-linear and hybrid forms, including dramatized and fictional elements combined with first person narration, autobiographical and documentary perspectives.

Other films by b.h. Yael


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