A program of short stories that would never have existed without the internet.
Presenting itself as a high-end real estate agency’s website, this labyrinthine web-documentary uses expropriated houses to uncover Palestinian stories of displacement from West Jerusalem.
Expropriated Palestinian houses are repackaged on the Israeli real estate market as “Arab-style.” Their factual history is concealed behind this architectural euphemism. Taking the form of an on-line real estate agency, this web-based documentary revisits the individual history of these homes, uncovering Palestinian stories of displacement, dispossession and cultural cleansing from West Jerusalem. Built over the course of six years, Dream Homes delves into the memories of the Palestinian inhabitants who were chased out by Zionist forces in 1948. At first sight, the project presents itself as a high-end real estate agency, bearing an aura of a historical property consultancy. Upon closer examination, a whole world that has been destroyed begins to unpeel layer by layer, through stories of 28 Palestinians. Dream Homes exposes their loss, grief and pain, with a tragicomic edge. Personal tales of abrupt goodbyes, impossible reunions and suspended dreams intersect in this labyrinthine space, providing insight into the human experience of this conflict. Using a multitude of narrative forms, the work patiently and meticulously pieces together a world that was shattered in 1948.
IDFA DocLab is the New Media program of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Since 2007, the program showcases new forms of documentary storytelling and interactive media art, both online and offline. During the IDFA Festival in November, DocLab presents a competition program for Digital Documentary Storytelling, live cinema events, interactive installations, workshops and industry panels. The program is open to all media that can be used to tell a documentary story.