Kingdom of Women: Ein el Hilweh

Lebanon| 2010| 52’ | Arabic| En Sub By Dahna Abourahme
Woman | Gender  | Social Interest


The story of the women of Ein El Hilweh refugee camp between 1982-1984 is an important chapter in the history of Palestinian refugee women in Lebanon. After the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, the camp was destroyed and its men imprisoned. “The Kingdom of Women” documents the community and organizing spirit of the women during this period, how they were able to rebuild the camp, protect and provide for their families while their men were held captive. Weaving between past and present, animation and daily life, the documentary focuses on seven of these women and honors how women continue to contribute to the survival of the Palestinian community in exile.


Coming Screening

PSBT’s 13th Open Frame International Film Festival, New Dalhi 17 Sep 2013

Festivals, nominations and Awards:

*Jury Prize - Al Jazeera Al Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival, Apr 2011
*Nominated for Best Director “Jade Kunlun” Awards of World Mountain Doc Festival Qinghai, China, July 2012
Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Abu Dhabi Oct 2010
Palestine in the New Cinema, Beirut DC, Beirut Sep 2010
DOX BOX IDFF, Damascus, Mar 2011
TAIWAN International Ethnographic Film Festival, Oct 2011
Mediterranean Film Festival, Bosnia, Aug 2011
Woman Film Festival- Gaza Palestine, July 2011
Reel festivals, London, Jan 2011
Shashat Women’s Film Festival, Ramallah, Dec 2011
Cinema Verite Documentary and Experimental Film Festival, Tehran, Oct 2011
Latin Arab Film Festival, Argentina Nov 2011 


Editor: Dhana Abourahme
Director of Photography: Talal khoury
Animation: Lena Merhej

 Dahna Abourahme is a Palestinian filmmaker who grew up in Abu Dhabi and Amman. She received her MA in Media Studies at the New School for Social Research in New York where she worked as a filmmaker and youth media educator. She is currently living in Beirut teaching at the Lebanese American University and involved in community media. In 2004, she completed her first feature documentary, until when…, a personal portrait of four Palestinian families living in Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank. Her current documentary, The Kingdom of Women, grew out of an oral history project initiated by the Arab Resource Center for Popular Arts (Al-Jana) with the women of Ein El Hilweh Camp in south Lebanon


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