<i>In the course of my life, I have been denied my freedom in many ways: as a Palestinian, belonging to a people deprived of fights and dignity; as a woman in a semifeudal, patriarchal society; as a citizen of a territory under foreign military occupation, as an individual in a traditional oppressive environment that restricts individual liberties.</i>
<i>My Home, My Prison</i> is based on the autobiography of Palestinian journalist Raymonda Tawil, one of the first Palestinians to engage Israelis in dialogue twenty-four years ago. She was arrested several times by the Israeli military and accused of being a collaborator by some of her own people—yet today, she is considered a pioneer of the peace process in the Middle East. <i>My Home, My Prison</i> is also about the struggle for women's rights. Raised in a misogynistic society that limits the freedom of women, Raymonda grew into a person who dared to speak her mind. Now exiled in Paris, she remains controversial; her daughter Suha married Yasser Arafat this past year.
Directed with intensity by two Jewish filmmakers—Erica Marcus and Academy Award nominee Susan Blaustein Muñoz (<a href="http://history.sundance.org/films/1135/las_madres_the_mothers_of_the_plaza_de_mayo")<i>Las Madres: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo</i></a>)—the film, set against the backdrop of the last fifty years of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, goes beyond traditional documentary by interweaving archival footage, interviews and reenacted scenes from Tawil's memories, accompanied by dramatized excerpts from her writings.
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