This is an oldie (for me at least). My first real documentary project, part of my Masters-research in the Westbank as an Anthropologist. The idea was to create a documentary about the daily lives of Palestinian youth, in which the subjects would be primarily chosen by the youth themselves. This created a fractured narrative filled with strongly contrasting images like basket balling youngsters, salsa-dancing girls and joking students versus checkpoints, demonstrations and images of the separation-wall.
Filmed with my first real camcorder (the Sony HC1 + a videomic) it's dated a bit technically and structurally speaking, but still holds up (in my eyes) as a pretty unique view on Palestinian life, where there apparently is room for fun, laughter and a certain cynicism against the backdrop of a horribly protracting conflict we all know so well from TV.
The film was made under the wing of the Arab Education Institute in Bethlehem, who provided me with the platform for getting to know all the wonderful youngsters who participated in this production.