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by Tawfik Abu Wael




Director: Tawfik Abu Wael

Script: Tawfik Abu Wael

Cinematographer: Asaf Sudry

Editing: Galit Shaked-Shaul

Sound: Maxime Segal

Music: Wissam M. Gibran

Cast: H. Yassin Mahjane, A. Abed El Gani, Roba Blal, Amal Bweerat, J. Abu Hussein

Production: Avi Kleiberger

38 rue de la Chine
75020 Paris
Tel: 0033
Fax: 0033

Year: 2004

35 mm, Colour, 110 min, 
OV Arabic with French Subtitles

Critics' Week Cannes Film Festival 2004

For ten years, Abu Shukri and his family have been living at the bottom of a valley, in the middle of nowhere, far from their native village. They are self-sufficient, making their own wood charcoal from trees they poach. The father and his son are the only ones to keep a contact with the outside world. The father sells his wood charcoal in the village and the son often runs away to go to school. The mother and two daughters restlessly work in smoking the wood. The reason why they left the village keeps them in the valley, despite their isolation and des titution. One day, the father decides to canalize the nearby source.

“Conflict is present among the characters, in their soul, in the complexity of their relationships, in their conscience…Atash is a depiction of the world where I come from.” Tawfik Abu Wael

Thirst is a very powerful film which tackles the Israeli Palestinian conflict and allows us to share a family tragedy born out of a taboo.


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