In The Desert – A Documentary Diptych


In The Desert is a diptych documentary about two realities, two families in one land. Both parts have a dialectic relationship to each other, an inherent tension that exists by their very juxtaposition: ‘Omar's Dream’ is about a Palestinian family; ‘Avidan's Dream’ is about a Jewish one. Both families live in an area of the West Bank that is governed by Palestinian Authority but controlled by Israeli Army - which officially prohibits anyone from settling there. The two families live on opposite hills, but never meet. Both men discover their lives are determined by a personal struggle to define who they really are rather than by a political...

Available: 220 min, (Omar's Dream’ 115 min, Avidan's Dream 105 min) & TV Version 120 min.

Director: Avner Faingulernt

Producer: Hagar Saad Shalom , Paul Cadieux , Shlomi Elkabetz , Danae Elon , Galit Cahlon



Production Company: Skene Border Films (IL), Filmoption International (CAN), Deux Beaux Garcons Films (IL), Entre Deux Mondes Productions
Duration: 220 min. ,120 min.
Date of Release: 2018
Country of Production: Israel

Shooting Format: HD
Language: Hebrew, Arabic
Subtitles: English

Festivals & Awards

  • DocAviv Film Festival, Israel, 2018
    Best Cinematography Award

  • Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique
    Fipresci Best Director Award

  • Filmfest Hamburg, Germany, 2018

  • Doc Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2018

  • Viennale, Austria, 2018

  • Academia Film Olomouc - 54th International Festival of Science Documentary Films, Czech Republic, 2019

  • Millenium Documentary Film Festival, Belgium, 2019

  • FICIC Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Cosquín, Argentina, 2019

World Sales

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Creative Documentary, Human Interest / Social Issues, Religion