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Palestine in the South

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Palestine in the South

  • The largest Palestinian Diaspora outside of the Middle East
(Doc, 52 min. DVD/HD, 2011)
  • Produced and Directed by: Ana María Hurtado
  • Written by: Ana María Hurtado & Daniel Osorio
  • Language: Spanish and Arabic with English subtitles


After the fall of Saddam Hussein, thousands of Palestinians 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 set 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.



  • First Prize in the New Horizon Section – Aljazeera International Film Festival, Doha, 2012


  • Arabische Filmwoche in Leipzig, Germany, 2014
  • Boston International Palestine Film Festival, USA, 2012
  • Palermo Sole e Luna International Film Festival – Official Competition, 2012
  • Hong Kong UNHCR Film Festival, 2012
  • Festival de Cine Social de Concordia, Argentina, 2012
  • Al Jazeera International Film Festival, 2012
  • 2012 London Palestine International Film Festival, UK, 2012
  • Santiago International Film Festival, Chile, 2011


  • University of Colorado
  • MESA Conference, 2013
  • Duke university
  • University of Florida
  • Harvard University
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