Thirst

Though less overtly political than Private or Paradise Now, this somber 2004 drama further distingushes the recent wave of Palestinian-themed imports. A father, shamed by the molestation of his eldest daughter, has spent the past decade keeping his family sequestered in an abandoned military outpost in an arid valley, where they earn a hard living burning stolen timber into charcoal. After building a water pipeline to their home, the father intensifies his campaign to shield them from the outside world, which leads to a showdown between him and his frustrated son. Tawfik Abu Wael directed his own script, eliciting spare and powerful performances from a nonprofessional cast. In Arabic with subtitles. 104 min.

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