The Mute’s House

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(Tamar Kay Yousef, Israel/Palestinian Territories, 2015, 32 min., Arabic, English & Hebrew)

Director: Tamar Kay

Screenplay: Tamar Kay

Producer: The Sam Spiegel Film & TV School – Jerusalem (JSFS)

Editor: Shira Mazuz

Cinematography: Zvi Landsman

A building in Hebron, which has been deserted by its Palestinian owners, is called “The Mute’s House” by the Israeli soldiers stationed there and by the tour guides who pass by. The building’s only occupants are a deaf woman, Sahar, and her eight-year-old son, Yousef. The family’s unique story, which unfolds against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is told through the eyes of the young and charismatic Yousef, as he goes through his daily routine in both the Jewish and Muslim areas of a city torn apart by hatred and violence.