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Zero Degrees of Separation

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Zero Degrees of Separation breaks with the sensationalistic media coverage of the violence in the Middle East by documenting the everyday lives of two mixed gay Palestinian-Israeli couples. Faced with modern injustices of work visas, checkpoints, harassment and prejudices, these courageous and outspoken individuals resist attempts at oppresssion and take small steps each day to build a sense of peace, mutual respect and hope.

Drawing the past into the present, the director interweaves her own rich narrative of growing up with Zionist grandparents who were intimately involved in the founding of the state of Israel. Their archival home movies that evoke an idealized Israel of the 1950s now take on a haunting quality that summons larger questions of humanity, conflict and nationalist aspiration.

2005, 89 min 44 s

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Honorable Mention - Category: Social Issues
International Film and Video Festival
November 7 to 12 2006, Columbus - USA

Public Award for Best Feature Documentary - with a cash prize of 3,048Euros ($4,300Cdn approx)
Festival international de films de Femmes
March 10 to 19 2006, Créteil - France

Silver Conch Award for Best Documentary Feature Length Film
International Film Festival
February 3 to 9 2006, Mumbai - India

Honourable Mention
Women Film Festival "La Mo-Viola"
October 7 to 14 2005, Torino - Italy

Michael J. Berg Documentary Award for Excellence in Documentary
International LGBT Film Festival - Frameline
June 16 to 26 2005, San Francisco - USA

Audience Award for Best Documentary
Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones
June 9 to 16 2005, Barcelona - Spain

Honourable Mention - Best Canadian Feature-Length Narrative or Documentary
Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival
May 19 to 29 2005, Toronto - Canada