'It is Their Story Too' - The New Indian Express

'It is Their Story Too'

Published: 13th December 2013 12:35 PM

Last Updated: 13th December 2013 12:35 PM

To say Adi Adwan is a happy and content man would almost be an understatement for the director feels he is on top of the world.

Adwan who wanted to be a filmmaker right from he was just 10-years-old can’t believe he is actually living his dream and traveling the world with his feature film ‘Arabani’.

His film ‘Arabani’, which takes a close look at the Druze community of which he is part of, has been well received by the audience here at the 18th edition of IFFK.

“At other festivals when I used to see 200 people at a show I used to call up home and tell them about the ‘huge’ turnout. But what I saw here I have nothing to compare it with, I was just speechless,” says an excited Adwan.

Adwan who is in awe for the audience here says, “The audience here see cinema very seriously. They are not just some people who watch a movie mechanically. They had questions for me at the end of the screening. Many even came up to me and gave me hugs and handshakes and said this was their story too.” 

And this Adwan says is what makes him satisfied. Wherever the film was screened people could relate with his film.

He says the Druze community which he belongs to is a closed community. There is a persistent, though not open, conflict between the religious and the non-religious. “So through my film I wanted to address this issue. My intension was to have an open dialogue about the issue among the people, where communication had long ceased to exist.” 

‘Arabani’ which was shot in just 7 days has mostly used non-professionals. Asked about the choice of non-professionals the director says it is purely financial.

“In Israel the films are budgeted by the government. A normal Israeli film gets around 500,000 Euros. But since I belong to the minority Arab Druze community and was making a film on the Druze community, I was just allotted 100,000 $ with which I had to manage everything.

And moreover I wanted actors untainted by theatre so I could easily direct them,” Adwan adds.

Adwan, based on the response he received from the audience, believes his film has a lot of potential in India as it is a country with lot of inter-caste marriages. “But to market such art house films and make it available for the people is difficult. Hence what I badly want and am looking for are distributors for my film in India,” he says.  About future projects he says he has two documentaries  lined up which he is doing for an Israeli TV and also a feature film ‘Wadi Hamam’ (Dove Valley) about a 10-year-old kid who dreams to fly.

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