A magical love story between two adolescents in the Gaza Strip, Michel Khleifi’s bewitching drama is set in the last, turbulent days of Israeli occupation. Yusef is a 12-year old Palestinian refugee who lives with his mother and 15-year old sister. He becomes infatuated with Aida, a beautiful, wild girl his own age – and says he will marry her when he grows up. But she replies she will only marry the suitor who recovers three jewels missing from her grandmother’s necklace. By deliberately setting out to show that not all Gaza’s youngsters conformed to the stone-throwing stereotypes of the Intifada perpetuated by the mass media, Khleifi’s film asks what kind of a future can there be for any society that denies its children their right to a childhood?
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