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Promised Land

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Original title
Promised Land
Running time
90 min.
Israel Israel
Amos Gitai, Marie-José Sanselme
Simon Stockhausen
Caroline Champetier
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Agar Hafakot / MP Productions
Synopsis / Plot
A night in the Sinai desert. A group of men and women are keeping warm around a camp fire under the moonlight. The women come from Eastern Europe. The men, who normally tend their herds in the area, are Bedouins. Tomorrow, they will secretly cross the border. Tomorrow, Diana and the others will be beaten, raped, and auctioned off. They will be passed from one hand to another, merchandised by Anne into Hanna’s hostess club, victims of an international white-slavery network. One night in the club, Diana meets Rose. She asks her for help. Their encounter is a sign of hope in the women’s descent into hell..

Amos Gitai about his movie:
«While exploring the idea of crime networks, which cross the frontiers of the Middle East, I noticed the growing phenomenon of white slavery. Women are turned into a commodity by these international networks. They are transported from their countries of origin, most of the times from Eastern Europe, and through the Sinai Desert, they enter Israel very easily. Eventually they are dispatched to different Israeli cities; some also to the West Bank and elsewhere. I looked at it from my own point of view, trying to trace a road within the media bombardment of the Middle East, confronting the exotic nature of our iconoclastic view of the Promised Land» - Amos Gitai -
2004: Venice Film Festival: Official Selection
2004: Valladolid Film Festival - Seminci: Official Selection
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