Occupied Pleasures

More than four million Palestinians live in the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, where the political situation regularly intrudes upon the most mundane of moments. Movement is circumscribed and the threat of violence often hangs overhead. This creates the strongest of desires for the smallest of pleasures, and a sharp sense of humour about the absurdities that a 65-year occupation has produced. This is an exploration of the moments where ordinary men and women demonstrate a desire to live, not just simply survive. (watch fullscreen)

Text by Sara Hussein
Music by Stormtrap Asifeh
Film edit by Amber Fares