Improvisation (Ertijal)

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The craft of making musical instruments is a tradition in the family of Samir, Wissam and Adnan Joubran, three brothers from Nazareth, who are bound by a shared passion for playing the ud. Improvisation follows the three brothers, from Nazareth to Ramallah under siege and eventually to Paris, as they cross check-points, work, laugh, cry and quarrel, improvising music and daily life. Chronicling moments of hope and pain in the musicians’ pursuit of their small dream in the midst of the crushing Israeli occupation, the documentary is at once a sentimental look–but far from the clichés of victimization-at a Palestinian family’s life, and a universal reflection on family relations. In Arabic w/English subtitles.



Image: Hanna Abu Sada, Raed Andoni, Catherine Rios, Laurent Didier

Sound: Ala’ Khouri, Issa Qumsieh, Pierre Carrasco

Director: Raed Andoni

Date Released: 2005

Duration: 60mins