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Three Times Divorced

2007 | 56/75min.
Language: Arabic, Hebrew (English/French subtitles)


  • Director: Ibtisam Salh Mara'ana
  • Producer: Nitza Gonen – Gon Productions, Timna Goldstein
  • Screenwriter: Ibtisam Salh Mara'ana
  • Editor: Erez Laufer
  • Cinematographer: Ibtisam Salh Mara'ana, Itai Raziel, Rami Katzav
  • Original Score: Jonathan Bar Giora


Khitam, A Gaza Band born Palestinian woman, was married off in an arranged match to an Israeli Arab, followed him to Israel and bore him six children.

When her husband divorced her - in absentia – in the Sharia (Muslim) court he gained custody of the children and Khitam was left with nothing. She cannot contact the children and has no property. Although married to an Israeli, she does not have an Israeli citizenship.

Now she is out on a dual battle, the most crucial of her life: against the Sharia court – which always rules in favor of the husband – and against the state, in an effort to gain a temporary permit to stay in Israel in a shelter for abused women, while fighting for custody of her children.


Film Festivals & Awards

  • Silver Award – Fippa-Biarritz International Film Festival, France, 2008
  • Special Jury Award – Sole E Luna Int'l Doc Film Festival, Italy, 2008
  • Best Documentary – DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2007
  • Isratim Film Festival, Paris, 2009
  • Zimbabwe Int'l Human Rights Film Festival, Africa, 2008
  • Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival, Belgium, 2008
  • PSBT Open Frame Int'l Film Festival, New Delhi, India, 2008
  • Zurich International Film Festival, Switzerland, 2008
  • Boston Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008
  • Terre Des Femmes Int'l Film Festival, Germany, 2008
  • Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival, Brazil, 2008
  • Parnu International Documentary Film Festival, Estonia, 2008
  • Shanghai International TV Festival, China, 2008
  • San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, USA, 2008
  • CrossRoads Film Festival, Lublin, Poland, 2008
  • Sao Paulo Israeli Film Festival, Brazil, 2008
  • Munich International Documentary Film Festival, Germany, 2008
  • Thessaloniki International Documentary Film Festival, Greece, 2008
  • Creteil International Women Film Festival, France, 2008
  • Israeli Showcase, UK, 2008
  • Leipzig International Documentary Film Festival, Germany, 2007
  • Copenhagen International Film Festival, Denmark, 2007
  • HotDocs Int'l Film Festival, Canada, 2007
  • DocAviv Int’l Film Festival, Israel, 2007


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