Ana Arabia

Synopsis: A story about the life of Sagi Dash, a legendery guitar player.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Amos Gitai
  2 wins & 1 nomination.
85 min


Hello, it's Yael.

Is Itzik there?

Tell him I'm in Giaffa.

I'm going to Siam Hassan's house.

The Holocaust survivor

who converted to Islam, died...


Yes, could be interesting...

I'll check the story

and let you know.


Thanks. Bye.

Good morning.

Can we help you?

My name Yael,

I'm doing a piece on Siam.

May her memory be blessed.

I am Yussef.

I'm Siam's husband.

Welcome. Nice to meet you.


for everything.

Do you live here?

Yes, anything wrong with it?

We won't leave.

Isn't it beautiful here?

- Wonderful.

We're having problems sometimes.

Since you're here...


they don't let us...

Don't talk too much.

She's a journalist.

Shut up,

don't say silly stuff.

Stop it.

- Come with me.

I'm sorry.

- No problem.

I feel good here.

I go out just to work.

I found a job...

so I can buy food,

cigarettes, clothes.

I don't need much else.

If I have a shekel,

I buy food.

Otherwise, I have my garden.

But the district

wants to throw me out.

I told them

that I won't go anywhere.

I won't leave.

What's your job?

I retrieve wood, iron,




Waste building material,

that's all.

Did you think

I worked in an office?

I earn 30 shekels a day.

Thank God.

May Allah be blessed.

Where are you from?

Where were you born?

Lady, we're from here.

I don't know where my family is.

I heard at the radio

that my father is dead.

My grandfather as well.

I haven't heard anything

about my uncles.

Maybe they are...

in Kuwait, or in Iraq or in Syria.

In Jordan,

in Turkey

I have no idea.

Is this all yours?

- Yea.

- All of it?

There was my grandfather's

carpentry shop here, too.

If they would give me back

my grandfather's carpentry shop...

Those who do not study remain asses.

I had to learn on my own

what was good and what was evil.

To help the ones who help me,

to do good.

I didn't learn it at school.

That was what my father

used to always tell me.

He used to say:

"If you have a guest,

doesn't matter what happens,

don't ever

be angry with him.

Even if he slaps you,

even if you're bleeding.

You have to smile,

welcome him.

Treat him well.

Be welcoming, give him

everything he wants."

This is what I learned.

And this is what I taught to my wife,

may she rest in peace.

I told her

if they're looking for me,

whether I'm at home or not,

welcome them well,

let them in,

"Have a seat, please",

give them what they ask for.

Those who do not study remain asses.

Do you have any children?

I have...

a son, Jihad,


and a daughter called Miriam.

Do you smoke?

Yes, but I smoked

before coming here, thanks.

Do you want me

to introduce you to my daughter?

Sure, I would be pleased.


After you.


My daughter Miriam.

They say love

is stronger than death.

That's what people say.

Those who love

cannot control themselves.

My parents relationship

was like positive and negative.

Like the electric current.

Love controlled them,

that's why

they couldn't split up.

People were telling her:

"He's not good for you."

They were bound.

Love decided for them.

There was nothing here.

There were only rocks

and garbage, filth everywhere.

My mother arrived,

decided to remove the rocks

and create some flower beds.

I helped her,

to fill the empty spots

with terrain,

to plant trees.

This way it would have been green,

not yellow.

She thought that by giving

people what they lacked

maybe they would have loved us.

But it was no use,

they didn't accept her.

Treating her like an enemy.

Wasn't she afraid?

No, my mother always said:

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Amos Gitai

Amos Gitai (Hebrew: עמוס גיתאי‎; born October 1950) is an Israeli filmmaker, mainly known for making documentaries and feature films, surrounding the Middle East and Israeli–Arab conflict. Gitai's work was presented in several major retrospectives in Pompidou Center Paris, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York, Lincoln Center New York, and the British Film Institute London. To date Amos Gitai has created over 90 works of art throughout 38 years. Between 1999 and 2017 ten of his films were entered in the Cannes Film Festival for the Palme d'Or as well as the Venice Film Festival for the Golden Lion award. He has worked with Juliette Binoche, Jeanne Moreau, Natalie Portman, Yael Abecassis, Samuel Fuller, Hanna Schygulla, Annie Lennox, Barbara Hendricks, Léa Seydoux, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Henri Alekan, Renato Berta, Nurith Aviv, Éric Gautier and more. Since 2000 he has collaborated with the French filmmaker Marie-José Sanselme. He received several prestigious prizes, in particular the Leopard of Honor at the Locarno International Film Festival (2008), the Roberto Rossellini prize (2005), the Robert Bresson prize (2013), the Paradjanov prize (2014), and Légion d'Honneur (2017). Gitai was born in Haifa and divides his time today between Paris and Haifa. more…

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