In Her Footsteps

Dir. Rana Abu-Fraiha | 70 min
Documentary Israel 2017 HebrewArabic with English subtitles US Premiere

Sunday, May 61:00 PM Edlavitch DCJCC

Tuesday, May 88:45 PM Bethesda Row Cinema

In the middle of the night, Rana’s parents left the house her father had built in their Bedouin village and moved to Omer, a bourgeois Jewish town located only three miles away.

After 10 years of dealing with breast cancer, her mother’s only wish was to be buried in Omer. The town never dealt with the issue of where to bury its Arab residents.

The film documents an entire family torn between fulfilling the mother’s last wish and social codes that cannot be ignored.

Screening on Sunday, May 6 as part of The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel.


Rana Abu-Fraiha and Safa Aburabia join us in conversation during The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel, moderated by Social Venture Fund co-chair Joshua Arnow. Filmmaker Rana Abu-Fraiha will also join us for a post-screening Q&A on May 8.

Rana Abu-Fraiha was born in Tel Sheva, a Bedouin, Muslim and very religious town in southern Israel. She is a curator, editor and director who graduated from the Bezalel Academy’s Screen Arts Program. In Her Footsteps is her first feature-length documentary and garnered her the prestigious Van Leer Award for Best Director of a Documentary at the 2017 Jerusalem Film Festival.

Safa Aburabia is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Anthropology department at Harvard University; she was Fulbright fellow for 2016-2017 and Israel Institute Fellow for 2016-2018. Her research examines Bedouin collective memory and representations of 1948 and the subsequent struggle over land from a gender perspective. She was a faculty member and Leadership program director at the Mandel Center for Leadership, a lecturer at Ben-Gurion University and Sapir College, and a social activist in the Naqab.

Joshua Arnow is a member of Ben-Gurion University’s Board of Governors and serves on the Board of Directors for American Associates of BGU where he focuses his efforts on scholarships and academic support services for Bedouin students. Josh also co-chairs the Social Venture Fund for Jewish Arab Equality and Shared Society and is an active member of the Interagency Task Force on Arab Israeli Issues. Over the past decade he has devoted much of his time to continuing his father’s legacy of supporting development and education within the Negev Bedouin community in Israel.



Select Sunday, May 6 below for a ticket to The 21%: The Lives of Arab Citizens of Israel.

This event finished on May 9, 2018.