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In the heart of Hebron, the only ones with complete freedom are the pigeons, who can soar above the fences and military checkpoints. Amer, Anas, and Marwaan, three Palestinian boys, are growing up with soldiers surveilling their homes and Israeli settlers watching them from the windows of nearby houses. The tension, hostility, and violent incidents have become routine, and a game of chasing pigeons on a rooftop can turn into a panicked escape from armed soldiers in a heartbeat. The film follows the boys for five formative years, during which they try to form identities and hopes for the future. What kind of childhood is this, where gunfire and death are commonplace? How do these kids cope with the pressure? And what kind of life do they dream of living?

Previous Festivals: IDFA

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Screening Schedule:
  • Mon 05.07 | 11:00 | Cinematheque 2 | Filmmaker Present
  • Thu 08.07 | 19:15 | Cinematheque 4 | Filmmaker Present | Q&A with filmmaker Esther Hertog moderated by Lior Elefant
  • Watch online | The film will be available from July 1st until July 31st

"In 2009 I travelled to Hebron to make ‘Soldier on the Roof’, which in 2012 was awarded 2 IDFA awards, various international prizes and multiple broadcasts. In 2013, together with Paul King, I returned to film ‘Skies Above Hebron’ to tell the other side of the story." - Esther Hertog

"I've lived in Amsterdam for 20 years, from where I’ve directed & developed International TV documentary series, and worked as an independent creative producer, writer and director. Now I’m keen as ever to use this medium to connect and inspire people who may never meet in person." - Paul King

Production: Janneke Doolaard
Production Company: DOXY
Editing: Ruben van der Hammen
Sound Design: Marc Lizier