Screening date: 25-11-2007 -- 13h30
Telling Strings

After the expulsion of the Palestinians and the setting up of the state of Israel in 1948, the young Palestinian Elias Jubran stayed on in the place where he was born. However, because of the political situation, he and his family lived in comparative isolation. Music helped him to overcome this isolation and provided him with an escape.

The film shows his family today, almost sixty years later. All four of his children have grown up in this environment permeated by politics and music, and have retained their links to music in very different ways. Completely different windows on the world open up through the children: the areas of Israel inhabited by Palestinians, the Jewish section of Jerusalem, Paris and Bern. With this documentary, Anne-Marie Haller shows the intense interplay of music and politics in one of the world's most politically explosive regions. A film about music which draws its vitality largely from its closeness to the protagonists and their different ways of life.

Country: Switzerland
Production: Balzli & Fahrer GmbH
Year: 2007
Director: Anne-Marie Haller
Editing: Maya Schmid
Cinematography: Hansueli Schenkel, Filip Zumbrunn
Music: Kamilya Jubran, Werner Hasler, Khaled Jubran, Rabea Jubran, Elias Jubran
Sound: Luc Yersin
DVcam  –  color  –  60min

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Born in Kölliken, AG, Switzerland, Anne-Marie Haller started her career as a freelance journalist for several Swiss newspapers, and magazines. During the more than five years spent at the Public Swiss Radio Station DRS1 she was editor, reporter and presenter of the programme "Espresso" and the editor of "Ratgeber". Her career as a documentary filmmaker started in 2001 with several short films. In 2007 she directed and produced Inside Out (45 min) and Telling Strings (60 min,
produced by Balzli & Fahrer).

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