Daytime Film: “Palestine in the South” / Palestina al Sur by Ana Maria Hurtado


Wednesday, March 12, 2014
12:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST
The Jerusalem Fund

After the fall of Saddam Hussein, thousands of Palestinian residents in Iraq became refugees in a no man’s land. The distant republic of Chile welcomed a group of them in La Calera, a small town where hundreds of Palestinians had already arrived a century ago, making this town their children’s home.

So the journey repeats itself as Basem, a young Palestinian who has just arrived with his wife and young daughter, faces his new country full of enthusiasm, ingenuity and hope. He longs for a home in this seductive, unknown world, thousands of miles from home.  In his new country, Basem finds his way as a baker and sets up his own business. He hopes that his efforts, together with the support of the large community of Palestinian descendants will lead him to fulfill his dream of bringing his elderly parents to live together again. 51 mins. 2011

About the Director

Ana María Hurtado received her Journalism degree at the University of Chile. She has worked in media in various capacities since then. From 2005-2006, Hurtado completed a Master’s in Global Journalism at the University of Orebro in Sweden, on a full scholarship from the Swedish Government. In 2008, she chose to dedicate herself full-time to the production of Palestine in the South / Palestina al Sur.