Road 181 · 03.03.2024 · 11.30AM @Kaaitheater · BXL

All proceeds will be donated to Living Stipends for Palestine.

Road 181

Michel Khleifi and Eyal Sivan, 2003, 4h30m

In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles

Israeli Eyal Sivan and Palestinian Michel Khleifi worked for more than a year on a film project guided by, what they themselves call, their “blind faith”. They spent two months in the summer of 2002 travelling from the south to the north of their country. They name the road they plot on the map to complete this journey through their homeland Route 181. This virtual line follows the borders of the UN Treaty 181 which divided Palestine into two states in 1947. 

They let the people they encounter speak. Men, women, Israelis, Palestinians, young, old, civilians and soldiers that they come across at unguarded moments in their daily lives. They all, in their own way, evoke the boundaries that separate them from their neighbours. 
These boundaries are created by hills and valleys, mountains and plains, but mostly by the minds of the two peoples and in the subconscious of the two societies. 

The film comes in three parts: the north, the centre and the south. There will be a break between each part (approx 1.5 hours) with a Palestinian buffet. The day ends with a debate between Michel Khleifi and Eyal Sivan, the two filmmakers. 

* In the presence of Michel Khleifi and Eyal Sivan,

11:30 – Opening doors 
12:00 – Film part 1 
13:30 – Break with Palestinian buffet 
14:15 – Film part 2  
15:45 – Break some more Palestinian buffet 
16:15 – Film part 3 
18:00 – Q&A with Khleifi & Sivan 

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All proceeds from this screening will be donated to Living Stipends for Palestine, a programme aimed at providing six-month grants (with a target of USD 3,000 per grant) to professional Palestinian artists directly affected by the current crisis.