Scene from the film States of (Un)Belonging
Scene from the film States of (Un)Belonging
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States of (Un)Belonging

  • United States
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Delving into the religious and political conflicts of the Middle East is never goiny to be easy, but Lynne Sachs spends three years making an effort. She attempts to make a portrait of Israeli filmmaker Revital Ohayon, a mother and peace activist who was killed near the West Bank. By exchanging letters and images with Nir Zats, a friend from the region, Sachs explores one woman ‘s story through her films, news reports, and interviews with her family. In the process, she creates a ciné-essay on fear and filmmaking, tragedy and transformation, identity and the meaning of “land” to the people on both side of this ongoing tragedy.


  • Original Title
    States of (Un)Belonging
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Lynne Sachs, Nir Zats
  • Cinematography
    Lynne Sachs, Nir Zats, Revital Ohayon; Cynthia Madansky,
  • Editing
    Lynne Sachs
  • Music
    Ted Reichman
  • Runtime
    63 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
  • Format
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Margaret Mead Film Festival. U.S.
    • Jerusalem Film Festival. Israel
    • New York Underground Film Festival. U.S.
    • BAFICI Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival. Argentina
    • San Francisco Cinematheque. U.S.
    • Cinequest Film Festival. U.S.
    • Iowa International Documentary Film Festival. U.S.
    • Northampton Film Festival. U.S.
    • Big Muddy Film Festival. U.S.
    • San Francisco States University. U.S.
    • California College of Art. U.S.
    • DocAviv International Documentary Festival. Israel
  • Awards
    • Second Prize Documentary|Athens Film Festival. U.S. is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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