Through the Negev
by Ya-Hsuan Huang
color, 18 min, 2007
Told through interwoven first-person accounts by the few women and children who have made the journey by walking from Egypt to Israel, Through the Negev is a short documentary that encapsulates the refugees' struggle for home and safety.
The documentary gives voice to women and children not often represented in stories about Sudan. We speak to 10-year old Naka and her mother Natalina, who escaped religious persecution in Southern Sudan. We meet 'Ahmul', an Arab Muslim student activist who fled Sudan after being tortured for attempting to start a student union. We speak to Affaf from Darfur, who misses her husband. And we meet Ida, a powerful orator who convinces us that home is a universal human right. Caught in complicated geographic, religious and political webs, the simplicity of their message becomes even more powerful.
Please note that at the time of filming, the U.N. had recommended protecting the identity of adult refugees who have not yet been resettled. Though their faces are never fully revealed, the women's intimate stories uncover the amazing strength and resiliency of people fighting for a home.
Visit the official website: www.throughthenegev.org
Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards
Society for Visual Anthropology/American Anthropological Association Conference, San Francisco, 2008
European Association of Social Anthropologists' Film, Video & New Media Festival, Slovenia, 2008
International Black DocuFest, Atlanta, GA, 2008
Reel Venus Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, New York, 2008
Africa World Documentary Film Festival, St. Louis, MO, 2009
San Francisco Women's Film Festival, 2009