THE LAST DAYS OF APRIL
|Friday 1 January 2021 - 10:56 PM 1401 Films, Documentary|
In the 5000-year-old Palestinian village of Battir, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, it is said that every stone contains a story. In April 1949, after a string of battles and massacres, the Israeli army reached the gates of Battir. A handful of villagers decide to use candles, sticks and other forms of trickery to protect their home from the fate of their neighbours. Based on testimonials of village elders, this short documentary mixes video, animated stills and an ambient soundscape to pay tribute to their ingenious resistance. With a poetic pace, The Last Days of April probes this unbelievable village legend of military deception.
Laurence Buelens and Jean Forest