Sabine Lubbe Bakker & Ester Gould
Documentary | Netherlands | 2009 | 84 min.
Young “Golanis” – born on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights – are given an opportunity to study in their parents’ homeland: Syria. Full of self-confidence, best friends Ezat and Bayan leave their village to discover their Arab roots. But Damascus proves to be a colorless metropolis where they often feel far from home. As they return to Golan Heights for the summer, difficult choices about family versus opportunity for their future soon confront them. One of the world’s forgotten conflict zones, this documentary depicts the struggle between the search for individual identity and a sense of belonging.