Trabelsi productions ltd.
Israel, 2006, 60’, Arabic, Hebrew
This is the story of a strawberry who yearned for independence. Imagine a story about hope, frustration, occupation, globalization and politics, and at its center a small red fruit—a strawberry. The mother plants arri- ve from Israel to Gaza, where in the fields of Beit Lahiya the plants are cultivated to produce the brilliant red fruit destined for marketing in Europe. In this fateful year in Gaza, filmmaker Ayelet Heller and her Gazan crew documented the agricultural cycle of the fruit and the political events that directly affected the lives of the farmers who cultivate it. From the strawberry fields of Beit Lahiya we witnessed the Disengagement, the withdrawal of the IDF from Gaza and its re-entrance after two months, the Hamas victory in the Palestinian elections and the closure that followed. In December the strawberry fields became a battlefield and the site of a vicious cycle of violence. Out of these green fields, red fruit, sky and sea, could emerge a pastoral image of farmers earning their livelihood by working the land. But in Gaza it is not the laws of nature that rule but those of the Occupation.