In her footsteps

Rana Abu-Fariha | 2017
TITLE  In her footsteps
YEAR 2017
DIRECTOR Rana Abu-Fraiha
LENGHT 1h 15′ 00″
FORMAT Digital
EDITING Aliza Esquira
PRODUCTION Ibtisam Mara’Ana-Menuhin

In the dead of night, my parents left our house in the Bedouin village, Tel Sheva (Israel), and moved, perhaps ‘fled’, to Omer, a nearby Jewish town.

For more than 20 years of life in Omer, we were convinced that we’re like everyone else around us, till my mother became ill with breast cancer. She expresses an unprecedented wish, to be buried as a Muslim in the town’s Jewish cemetery. Her wish tore the family apart and raised serious dilemmas, about identity, belonging, femininity and the meaning of home.


Rana Abu-Fariha

2015- Graduated from Bezalel’s Screen Arts Department, specializing in Video.
2012- Graduated from Bezelel’s 4-year Architecture Department.
Experience and Awards: 2017 “In Her Footsteps” – Script writing, Directing and filming of feature lengths documentary. The film is screened worldwide and won several awards this past year, among them:
Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Documentary, Jerusalem Film Festival 2017; Israel Academy Award nominee for best documentary over 60 min, 2018. (Israeli Oscar); Best Documentary Director at the Jewish Film Festival Berlin & Brandenburg 2018, Shulamit Aloni Human Rights award, 2018.Today Rana also works with youth in the field of cinema, and in the development of Arab and Bedouin art in Israel.
Rana was selected for the “30 Under 30” list of Forbes Israel – Israel’s promising youngsters of 2019.