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Until When... (2004)

Documentary , Dahna Abourahme  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Documentary
  • Directors: Dahna Abourahme
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Arabic
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arab Film Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,393 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Until When..." on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews


In subtle, pivotal moments, people reveal that the journey of Palestinian struggle leads to the heart...The artistic effect reinforces what the people express in words and the aesthetic creation is flawless. --Scoop Magazine

Remaining unashamedly Palestinian and independent in its point of view, this is a valuable and honest documentary offering great insights by way of interviews, archival photographs, and cinematography which presents a vivid sense of place and daily life. --Vancouver International Film Festival

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Official Selection
- Somewhat-North-Of-Boston (S.N.O.B.) Film Festival

Official Selection
- Yamagata Documentary Film Fest

Official Selection
- Delta Film Festival

Official Selection
- Chicago International Documentary Festival

Official Selection
- Vancouver International Film Festival

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- Three Continents Human Rights Festnational Film Festival

Set during the current Intifada, this documentary follows four Palestinian families living in Dheisheh Refugee Camp near Bethlehem.

Fadi is 13 and cares for his 4 younger brothers, the Hammashes are a close-knit family who pass on the lessons of life with humor and passion, Sana is a single woman who endures long commutes to do community work, and Emad and Hanan are a young couple trying to shield their daughter from the harsh realities of the occupation. They talk about their past and discuss the future with humor, sorrow, frustration and hope.

Until When paints an intimate in-depth portrait of Palestinian lives today.

DVD Features:

  • Audio: Arabic
  • Subtitles: English

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    21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A superb movie everyone should see July 20, 2008
    By CH
    A very well-presented documentary on the Palestinian issue through various refuge camp inhabitants of varying ages. It is a shame that the only way someone would stumble across this movie is if they were specifically looking for something on this issue...and then, of course, wanted to know/understand a well-rounded view of the Palestinian situation.

    A phenomenal film that I wish could be seen in theaters.
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    41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars "From the moment I could hear, I could hear shooting." September 27, 2006
    During the Arab-Israeli War in 1948, 750,000 Palestinians were forced to leave their homes and now--almost 60 years later--there are about 5 million Palestinian refugees. The film "Until When" examines the Palestinian refugee problem by focusing on people who live in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp (one of the 59 Palestinian Refugee Camps)--located near Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank. The fact that over 11,000 refugees are squashed into the 1/2 square kilometer camp does not stop the refugees from living vibrant lives--even in poverty and hardship. Filmmaker Dahna Abourahme personalizes the plight of the 1000s of refugees by interviewing a handful of residents from the Dheisheh Camp.

    One of those interviewed is Sana--a young woman deeply committed to community work--especially women's rights, and she commutes a long way to work each day. She describes how she used to used route 60 to go to work, but now that is a road that only settlers can use, and she is forced to take make a circuitous, tedious journey instead. In spite of the fact that her life is difficult, she maintains a remarkable ability to rise above hardship and philosophically asserts, "We were born into politics."

    Another focus of the film is 13-year-old Fadi, who assumes responsibility for his four younger brothers when their mother travels to work as a housecleaner in the Jewish Gilo settlement. Although strikingly poor, the boys manage to maintain a buoyancy and optimism that is admirable.

    A fair portion of the film focuses on a young married couple--Emad and Hanan who have a small daughter. They attempt to raise her with a 'normal childhood' by trying to protect her from the violence and war that surrounds them.
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    23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars the humanity of a people denied by Western media April 19, 2008
    Along with other Palestine themed documentaries such as "encounter point" and "promises" this simple and most effective and heartwarming work entitled "until when" brings to viewers a personal humanity of the Palestinian people that is so absent from the American/British/Canadian and other Western media. The total contrast between the racist contempt shown toward the people of Palestine by the current US candidates for President on our current TV screens and the undeniable humanity and personal integrity of these Palestinian people revealed within this 2004 shot documentary.

    When Hillary Clinton visited Israel-Palestine during the time of her Senate race she boasted to her voters in NYC that "I refused to meet with those people!" .

    Here are in this documentary "those people" that not one US candidate for President is willing to visit and sit in a living room or kitchen with and listen to their experience, issues, hopes, needs and pleas.

    The notion that any of the current candidates should be allowed to parade themselves as "peace-brokers" without being laughed out of the room, is one that reflects the total unreality of the American and Western political mindset.

    Buy the DVD of this documentary...for the record it is NTSC and ALL REGION so it will play on any DVD player on the planet.

    Here are in this beautiful documentary the human beings that have their right to humanity denied by the bigotry and slander of the television news media.
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    17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    This outstanding documentary will, I believe, anger virtually anyone who watches it. Most Americans cannot understand why the rest of the world's people despise the government of Israel and their apartheid policies. This documentary will give the viewer some insights into the daily life of Palestinians and what the occupation means. I think it is safe to say that the occupation dominates virtually every aspect of daily life for any Palestinian living in the West Bank and Gaza. We follow the daily travails of several Palestinian families in this documentary as they explain how the Israelis control even the most basic aspects of their lives (like water and electricity), how families and cities have been divided by the occupation, and how generations have coped with living in refugee camps with no real hope of ever leaving them. Everywhere we see fences, and the contrast between the living conditions of the Palestinians and Israelis is stark. This is both a tragic and inspiring commentary on the human condition. It is amazing how resilient the Palestinians are. As state in the excellent review by diplacedhuman, this documentary presents a multigenerational view of the occupation. Several elderly Palestinians are interviewed who can remember a time before the occupation. Several middle aged men and women are interviewed who hate the occupation but who do from time to time work for/with the Israelis to earn money for their families. The most interesting part of the documentary though is the interviews with the children and teens, the viewer can see for themselves how much the occupation has affected their worldviews. I believe that if most Americans saw what was really going on in the occupied territories, our government's policies would change overnight. Read more ›
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