Salma, a Palestinian widow, has to stand up against her new neighbour, the Israeli Defence Minister, when he moves into his new house opposite her lemon grove, on the green line border between Israel and the West Bank. The Israeli security forces are quick to declare that Salma‘s trees pose a threat to the Minister’s safety and issue orders to uproot them. Together with Ziad Daud, her young Palestinian lawyer, Salma goes all the way to the Israeli Supreme Court to try and save her trees. Her struggle raises the interest of Mira Navon, the Defense minister’s wife, who is trapped in her new home and in an unhappy life. Despite their differences and the borders between them the two women develop an invisible bond, while forbidden ties grow stronger between Salma and Ziad. Salma’s legal and personal journey lead her deep into the complex, dark and sometimes funny chaos of the ongoing struggle in the Middle East, in which all players find themselves alone in their struggle to survive.
I don't know if this is a good reflection of the Israel / Palestine relationship but I felt that I watching into another world. Seeing the huge differences between us and them and between either side of the West bank divide. Moments of levity do not hide the constant threat and oppression. I felt privileged to live in a much more liberated culture.
Uncomfortable watching but fantastic
- Lemon Tree review by NG
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An interesting insight into the cultural heart of Palestinian and Israeli politics. Human story of a woman's fight to tend to her lemon grove that her Israeli neighbours fear may harbour threat to their physical lives.