Ma'aloul Celebrates Its Destruction (Ma'loul Tahtafilu bi Damariha)



Ma’aloul is a Palestinian village in Galilee. In 1948, it was destroyed by the Isreali armed forces and its inhabitants expelled either to Lebanon or to the neighboring town of Nazareth. Ever since, the former inhabitants of Ma’aloul are only allowed to visit it once a year on the anniversary of Israel’s independence and have developed a tradition of organizing a picnic on this day on the very site of the destroyed village.


Michel Khleifi -- Documentary, 30’ (Belgium: 1985)