Grassroots in Dry Lands

Director: Helene Klodawsky | Countries of production: Canada | Year: 2015 | Length: 90 min
Language: English with English subtitles | Age: 15+ years

Shot in Palestine, Israel, and Jordan, Grassroots in Dry Lands tells the story of three unconventional social workers united by a common vision – to empower some of the region’s most disenfranchised, war-scarred communities in an effort to build a just and civil society.

In an Israeli town with a large immigrant and elderly population, student volunteers led by organizer Amit Kitain spearhead a campaign to improve access to public services. In Palestine, architect and social worker Nuha works to provide secure housing for a family, while also initiating therapeutic conversations about domestic violence. While in Jordan, Talal Qdah organises regular meetings between residents and once-inaccessible political and religious leaders.

By stressing the importance of standing up for individual rights and fair treatment as a local community, these organisers all hope their work will help their clients improve their lives, while contributing to a goal of creating peace and understanding.

IDFA, Official selection