Samouni Road (La strada di Samouni)
Director: Stefano Savona
Section: World Cinema
Country: Italy, France | Year: 2018
Language(s): Arabic, Hebrew | Time: 129 mins
In the rural outskirts of Gaza City, a small community of farmers, the Samouni extended family, is about to celebrate a wedding. It’s going to be the first celebration since the last war. Amal, Fuad, their brothers and cousins have lost their parents, their houses and their olive trees. The neighborhood where they live is being rebuilt. As they replant trees and plow fields, they face their most difficult task: piecing together their own memory. Through these young survivors’ recollections, Samouni Road conveys a deep, multifaceted portrait of a family before, during, and after the tragic event that changed their life forever.
Stefano Savona is an Italian documentary filmmaker. His features have screened and won awards at, among notable others, the Locarno Film Festival, the Cinéma du Réel Festival, and Cannes Film Festival.