Maryse Gargour

Blanche's Homeland (Watan Blanche)



This intimate film, evocative and poetic, follows the steps of an elderly woman in the years between 1988 and 2001. Blanche was born in Jaffa, Palestine, where her parents were landowners, and was exiled in the 1948 war. Her life became a series of exiles, from Jaffa to Beirut to Europe and the U.S. Reflecting on the history she has lived, Blanche rebels against the amnesia of the world concerning the fate of the Palestinians, and through dialogues between her and the younger generations of exiled Palestinians, bears witness to the tenacity and permanence of their identity.


Maryse Gargour -- Documentary, 28', French/English/Arabic (Palestine/France: 2002)

The Land Speaks Arabic



In this documentary the late 19th century birth of Zionism—and its repercussions for Palestinians—is detailed with original source documents, Zionist leaders' quotations, rare archival footage, testimonies of witnesses and interviews with historians. All help to illustrate that the expulsion of the indigenous Arab population from Palestine was far from an accidental result of the 1948 war. This award-winning film shines a spotlight on the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by the Zionist movement.



Maryse Gargour -- Documentary, 61’ (2009)