Original title / Water
Directors / Nir Sa’ar, Maya Sarfaty (Still Waters), Mohammad Fuad (The Water Seller), Yona Rozenkier (Raz and Radja), Mohammad Bakri (Eye Drops), Ahmad Bargouthi (Kareem’s Pool), Pini Tavger (Drops), Tal Haring (Now and Forever)
Project initiator and artistic director / Yael Perlov
Producers / Kobi Mizrahi, Maya de Vries
Production / Tel Aviv University, Film and Television Department
Coproducer / Edgard Tenembaum
Coproduction / Tu Vas Voir
Associate producer / Michel Zana
World sales / Tu Vas Voir
With the support of Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts, Gesher Multicultural Film Fund and the Culture Office of the US Embassy in Tel Aviv. Special thanks to Reuven Hecker and Giyora Eini
Format / DCP, colour
Runtime / 110 min.
In the countryside, a young couple from Tel Aviv has to share a fountain with a group of Palestinian workers, between ancestral fears and hints of solidarity (Still Waters by Nir Sa’ar e Maya Sarfaty). During the summer, a Palestinian water seller supplies tanks and wells in the Bethlehem area, as it is left dry by the settlers (The Water Seller by Mohammad Fuad). An Israeli soldier on the verge of a nervous breakdown and a Palestinian peasant who violates curfew to water his watermelons. Together, they try to tame a donkey. (Raz and Raja by Yona Rozenkier). A famous actor and his two sons have a particular relationship, based on misunderstandings and eyedrops, with their neighbour, an old woman who survived the concentration camps (Eye Drops by Mohammad Bakri). An old Arab man, who lived in the US for years, manages a swimming pool. Here we find Palestinian families, who have never seen the sea, but then then bossy Israeli settlers come to invade this space. (Kareem’s Pool by Ahmad Bargouthi). An Israeli soldier, during a break from his drills, remembers an episode from his childhood: his mother was washing his hair in the bathtub, while his father was urging him on to hurry up. (Drops by Pini Tavger). A young and shy orthodox Jew is waiting for her parents to take her to a Shidduch, the meeting to combine a marriage. In the meanwhile, she has a bizarre conversation with an Arab plumber through a closed door. (Now and Forever by Tal Haring).
The shorts composing Water are directed by (clockwise from top left): Nir Sa’ar e Maya Sarfaty (Israel), Mohammad Fuad (Palestine), Yona Rozenkier (Israel), Mohammad Bakri (Palestine), Tal Haring (Israel), Pini Tavger (Israel), Ahmad Bargouthi (Palestine).