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Fadia’s Tree

Saturday 9 March 2024

Saturday 9th March, 16:00
Followed by a conversation with director Sarah Beddington

We are delighted to be hosting artist and director Sarah Beddington for a screening of her film Fadia’s Tree, a story about the Palestinian diaspora, belonging, memory and friendship.

While millions of birds migrate freely in the skies, Fadia is stranded in Lebanon yearning for the ancestral homeland in Palestine 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 inadvertently reveal 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 bird’s eye perspective to reflect on freedom of movement, exile and the hope of return.

Director Sarah Beddington said:
“I am honoured to have been invited to bring Fadia’s Tree to the Highlands, an area that is close to my heart. The tour of this film represents the most recent action by Highland-Palestine to spotlight, campaign for, and support the Palestinian people’s struggle for equal rights and self-determination, during a particularly bleak period of Palestinian history.”

Highland-Palestine said: “Highland-Palestine is committed to building a Highlands-wide network of support for the Palestinian people. In our past collaborations with the Highland Palestine Film Festival, we have always sought to take films to communities across the Highlands. We are delighted to be working with Timespan, Spotlight / Film Hub Scotland and Eden Court Cinema to bring Fadia’s Tree to a wider audience. The film is a testimony to friendship and the way in which two very different lives intertwine. Palestinian refugees feel their separation from their homeland very deeply. The film charts the evolution of a very personal project to overcome division and fragmentation, so it’s especially exciting to be able to bring the director of the film, Sarah Beddington, to talk about her part in the project and the growth of that relationship.”

Tour Schedule:

Mar 6th 19:00 – Cromarty Community Cinema
Mar 7th 19:00 – Evanton Community Cinema
Mar 8th, 19:00 – Real to Reel, Ullapool
Mar 9th, 17:00 – Timespan, Helmsdale
Mar 10th, 13:00 – Eden Court, Inverness

Sarah Beddington: is a British artist and filmmaker based in London. Her work, often focusing on landscape and memory, has screened at film festivals, art biennales, museums and galleries around the world. Her award-winning debut feature documentary, Fadia’s Tree, was released in cinemas across the UK in 2022 and nominated for a British Independent Film Award (BIFA).

Highland- Palestine: is a network of people across the Highlands who support the Palestinian people’s struggle for equal rights and self determination.

This event is in collaboration with Highland-Palestine, Timespan, Film Hub Scotland and Eden Court Cinema.