International Diaspora Film Festival

Film Screenings - 2009

Sunday 8 November, 2:00 PM


On Hold
On Hold
Rokaya Sabbah
Israel, 2007, 52 min.
In Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles
A part of Land and Conflict Program
Canadian Premiere

The decision to stay or to go reveals the deep contradictions of Arab life in Israel.

On Hold explores the hesitations and moral issues affecting the filmmaker and her partner's decision to leave Israel for a better life in Spain. Enlisting the help of her Muslim family, her partner's Christian family, and their Arab and Jewish friends, the couple sorts through difficult questions pertaining to Arab life in Israel. Weighing their desire to relocate to a more tolerant country against their perceived burden of responsibility to stay and fight for a better life in Israel, the couple feels itself caught in a common dilemma of mixed allegiances and hybrid identities.

Director's Biography:
Rokaya Sabbah

Rokaya Sabbah was born and raised in the Arab village of Tur'an, Israel. She graduated from the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv, majoring in directing and screenplay writing. In 2004, she directed the Making of Paradise Now and is currently working on her first feature film Till The Moon Sets, developed with the support of The Israeli Film Fund.

Venue: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave.,
Toronto M5S 1J5 (off St. George St., one block south of Bloor, Subway St. George)
$10 / $8 students and seniors