V’18: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

MALON 9 KOHAVIM

V' 07

MALON 9 KOHAVIM

9 STAR HOTEL

Ido Haar
Israel, 2006
Documentaries, 78min, OmeU

MALON 9 KOHAVIM

Ido Haar
Israel, 2006
Documentaries, 78min, OmeU

Screenplay: 
Ido Haar
Sound: 
Gil Toren
Camera: 
Ido Haar
Uri Ackerman
Editor: 
Ido Haar

Production: 
Eden Productions 84 Arlozorov Street Tel Aviv 62647, Israel T 3 527 3403 info@edenproductions.co.il
World Sales: 
Cinephil 18 Levontin Street Tel Aviv 65112, Israel T 3 566 41 29 info@cinephil.co.il
Format: 
Video (Digi Beta)
Color

Thousands of Palestinians work illegally as construction laborers in Israel. After an arduous and dangerous journey, loaded with blankets and bags, they cross the hills to the places where they can find employment. At night they sleep on the hillcrests in improvised huts and coffin-like sleeping cubicles, a stark contrast to the luxury apartment complexes they build by day. But they have made homes for themselves, complete with cozy pillows - and even power generated by batteries they have scraped together. 9 Star Hotel follows Ahmed and Muhammad, one a merry collector of found objects, the other a philosophical critic of the Palestinian character: «We think backward. We never think forward.» Together, they share food, belongings and stories, and live under the constant threat of getting arrested - police, soldiers and the secret service are all tirelessly on the alert for illegal workers. With raw, handheld images, this disconcerting yet touching film documents friendship, nostalgia and the uncompromising urge to survive.

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