Music knows no boundaries. In Bethlehem, Merlijn Twaalfhoven and partners create "Carried by the Wind", a spectacular music performance from atop rooftops and balconies, across the Separation Wall that now divides this holy town.
Uniting 75 professional & amateur musicians from Ramallah and Bethlehem with children from Palestinian West Bank refugee camps, the project culminates in a performance across Israel's Security Fence (also known as the "Israeli Segregation Wall" or "West Bank Separation Barrier"), a 700km concrete wall that divides Bethlehem around the area of Rachel's Tomb, at dusk on 17 April 2008. In so doing it reunites former neighbours with music from both sides of the divide.
Carried by the Wind
A music project by Merlijn Twaalfhoven (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Director/Editor/Camera: Adam Sebire (Sydney, Australia)
Production: Gina Asfour (Jerusalem) and La Vie sur Terre
Partners: Sabreen Association for Artistic Development, Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre, Centennial Celebration Ramallah Municipality, La Vie sur Terre, Arab Education Institute Open Windows, Al Ruwwaad (Al Rowwad) Cultural Centre (Aida refugee camp) and Khaled Bkir centre for young leadership (Jalazon camp). Supported by Netherlands Fund for Performing Arts
Musicians appearing in the film include Robbert van Hulzen, Noortje Folkertsma, Martin Fondse, Joseph Duqmaq, Toine van Teeffelen, Louis Bohte (rap), Osama the guitarist, John and all the Sabreen percussionists, plus all the refugee children from Aida and Jalazon ... many many thanks to all!
Symphony Arabica site arabica.nu
Composer's site twaalfhoven.net
Filmmaker's site adamsebire.info