Muslim Racism and Discrimination Against Black Bedouins
of black Bedouins ("Afro-Bedouins") in the desert town of
The Film Class was created in Rahat in 2005-06 as part of a filmmaking workshop for black Bedouin women taught by director Uri Rosenwaks. While working with these women, teaching them the principles of cinematography, their daily confrontation with the harsh racism and the repressed historical origins of their discrimination are unveiled. As part of their course work, the women documented their activity through the instruction and in collaboration with Rosenwaks and his colleague, Magid Kamalat (director of the Step Forward NGO in Rahat). They gathered information, researched, filmed, and interviewed family members, the community elders, and representatives of the public. During the work on the film, the women even travelled on a roots journey to Africa, a quest whose documentation—as well as its exposure to the public at large and the Bedouin community in particular— became a scathing, seminal document about the persistence of customs and prejudice regarding skin color and country of origin. Concurrently, it was also a personal pilgrimage for each woman and an empowering voyage that influenced their status in the community with the aid of the visual tool.
The film received first prize in the Israeli Documentary Film competition (2007), and participated in many festivals the world over. Following its success, funds were raised to purchase professional equipment to expand the film class in Rahat.
with the support of
The New Foundation for Cinema & TV