Desert Brides

Miriam El Kwader, a Bedouin wedding photographer and mother of seven, living in an unknown and neglected Negev village, reveals through her camera lens, the world of Bedouin weddings; the most distressing issue revealed is polygamy.This is the story of three, relatively educated and independent women, trying to survive, each in their own way in their world – a life of polygamy. One is a "first wife", living in constant fear that her husband will bring home a second wife. The other two are pushed into marrying already married men, and become "second wives", forced to cooperate within a structure they despise or are afraid of.The family tragedies presented in this film, highlight the strength and survival of the social structures and their injustices; leaning usually on the victims`` partial cooperation.Awards & Festivals Awards:Winner - DocAviv International Film festivalWinner- Israeli international Womens Film FestivalWinner- Best Cinematagrapghy, Israeli Academy Documentary awardsFestivals:LA Israeli Film Festival, 2009Israeli Consulate Cultural Centre, Brazil 2009Beeld voor Beeld FF, 2009San Fransisco Jewish Film Festival 2009Femina Womens FF, Brazil, 2009OnFilm festival, Northfolk, Virginia, 2009Belfast Film Festival - Maysles Brothers Competition, 2009Thessaloniki DocMarket 2009Tartu Festival of Visual Cuture- Estonia, 2009Other Israel Film Festival 2008Israeli Women`s International FF- Israel, 2008Watch Docs -Poland, 2008IDFA,Docs For Sale 2008Dok Leipzig- Germany, 2008Docaviv - Israel, 2008Kent UniversityHebrew UniversityOttawa LibraryGolden Apricot - Armenia Int. Film festival, 2009Parnu International Film Festival, 2009Viscult Ethnograpghic FF, Iceland, 2009Israeli Documentary Festival, Cape Town 2009International Documentary Encounters Bogogta, Columbia, 2009Taiwan Int. Ethnographic FF, 2009Golden Panda Awards, 2009CMCA Awards, Rencontres d’Averroès, 20091001 Documentary FF, Istanbul 2009

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