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Thirst (Atash)

Thirst (Atash)
1:44:33 | 2004

Categories: Drama, Foreign, Politics

After being "shamed" by one of his daughters, Palestinian patriarch Abu Shukri brings his entire family to the edge of nowhere to eke out a living by burning wood to make charcoal. When he decides that they will build an illegal pipeline to bring in running water, he sets off a chain of events that alters their lives irrevocably. A masterfully shot tale of repression and control in a harsh landscape, this film examines the dynamics of power within a family stretched to the breaking point. Working with a cast of first-time actors, director Tawfik Abu Wael crafts a story that is both archetypal and yet deeply rooted in the social conflicts of the Middle East. “Abu Wael is definitely worth watching. First for the judicious choice of his cast, none of them professional, who are remarkably expressive, but also for his visual flair, his use of locations and, most of all, his courageous moral attitude.” —Screen International. A co-production of Israel and Palestine, THIRST (ATASH) is presented in Arabic with English subtitles. This film is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection, presented by the Global Film Initiative.

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