Screening date: 25-11-2007 -- 15h30

Umm Wajih, the filmmaker's aunt, gave her ten sons and daughters in marriage according to the badal system, in which a brother and a sister of one family marry the sister and brother of another family. The film was shot in Umm Wajih's courtyard, where she lives with her sons and their families.

Umm Wajih is at present looking for a "badal" match for Wajih, her eldest son, a forty-two-year-old widower, and her twenty-one-year-old daughter Miada an unusual arrangement indeed. Through the story of the girls in Umm Wajih's yard, the director examines how women partake in the oppression of other women.

Country: Palestine/Israel
: Trabelsi Productions
Year: 2005
Director: Ibtisam Maraana   
Editing: Sara Salomon, Rivka Yogev
Cinematography: Avigail Sperber, Daniel Miran, Ibtisam Mara'ana
Music: Uri Ofir
Sound: Itzik Cohen
DVcam    color   52min

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Ibtisam Mara'ana, a Palestinian Israeli citizen, was born in Paradise in 1975.  She graduated from the school of cinema and television at the Jewish-Arab Academic Center of Givat Haviva and began reporting for the television, notably "Feminine Outlook" and "Arabeska".  Her documentary on unrecognized Arab villages Wake up to the Native Land was aired on Israel's Channel Two. Mara'ana was assistant director for films made by Simone Bitton, Ram Loewy, and Duki Dror.  Paradise Lost, 2003, was her first documentary film that travelled to festivals and won several prizes. In 2003 she also wrote and directed a television film for Israel's Channel 2: Al Jisr (The Bridge). Badal was the winner of the Spirit of Freedom Award in 2005, and is followed by her recently completed 3 Times Divorced.

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