A documentary on the thorny subject of mixed marriages between Arabs and Jews of Palestine/Israel, Forbidden Marriages in the Holy Land examines several different kinds of mixed marriages ranging across different generations and social classes. There is, for example, a Jewish girl who fell in love with a Palestinian in the 1940's; or beautiful Haya who married a Palestinian historian and active member of the Israeli Communist Party. There are also two young Arab women who each loved a Jew and married him, one with her parents' consent and the other against the wishes of her family, who still threatens to kill her. Then there are the more modern set-ups where one Jewish woman accepts to be the second wife of an Arab bus driver; and another went to live with her husband in a Gaza refugee camp. Through these couples the film tries to show the human aspect of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Director Michel Khleifi writes, âOur aim was to confront these couples' stories with their religious martial codes of each of the three monotheistic faiths in order to show the Middle East's urgent need for a civil code of marriage which liberates the individual from all religious constraints and gives him/her the freedom to chose.'
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