a film by Sarah Beddington
While millions of birds migrate freely in the skies, a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, yearns for the ancestral homeland she is denied. She challenges Sarah, the Director, to find an ancient mulberry tree that stands as witness to her family’s existence — with only inherited memories, a blind man and a two-headed dragon as her guides. Along the way, Sarah meets with ornithologists whose observations on the homing instincts of the birds highlight the unresolved problems of the region.
Spanning fifteen years, this story of a friendship that stays connected across a divided land and a fragmented people adopts a birds’ eye perspective to reflect on freedom of movement, exile and the hope of return.
An impressionistic portrait of the region’s troubled history, along with a quiet meditation on the role home plays in shaping who we are.
What elevates Fadia's Tree isn't just the connections it makes. It is how gracefully it makes them...
A study of displacement with airborne grace notes.
A film that sets anger and to some extent politics to one side in favour of a sombre and supportive emotional portrait.
Following directions from a blind man, and weaving in studies of migratory birds, Beddington's journey carries a potent symbolic weight.
Combines personal testimony, historical explanation and natural history to create something quite remarkable.
CHRISTIAN LISSEMAN, BIG ISSUE NORTH
Fadia’s Tree is a very beautiful film: You emerge into the light with your understanding intensified, feeling perhaps a little altered. It both tells a personal story and presents a political narrative by delicate metaphor, never harangues, is elegantly paced, and very timely.
JAMES WOODALL, JOURNALIST AND WRITER
I felt compelled to create a brand new judging criteria for this film because it showed me something so extraordinary about a subject matter I thought I knew quite well.
AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER AND FESTIVAL JUROR
A poetic meditation on exile and return.
30th March, 2023 - Donegal Intercultural Platform, LETTERKENNY, Ireland
10th March, 202 - Amaia KZ, IRUN, Spain
9th March, 2023 - Zelai Arizti, ZUMARRAGA, Spain
9th March, 2023 - The Old Ground Hotel, ENNIS, Ireland
8th March, 2023 - Ormston House, Cultural Resource Centre, LIMERICK, Ireland
7th March, 2023 - Aonach Mhach Cultural Centre, ARMAGH, Northen Ireland
5th March, 2023 - St Patrick's Gateway Centre, WATERFORD, Ireland
5th March, 2023 - The Pearse Centre, DUBLIN, Ireland
4th March, 2023 - Omagh Community House, OMAGH, Northern Ireland
28th Feb, 2023 - Usurbe Antzokia, BEASAIN, Spain