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B'Tselem-produced Documentary to premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival

Muhammad Burqan. From “The Boy from H2” by Helen Yanovsky
Muhammad Burqan. From “The Boy from H2” by Helen Yanovsky 

A short documentary by Helen Yanovsky, “The Boy from H2”, created in collaboration with B’Tselem’s field researchers and Camera Project volunteers in Hebron, and produced by B’Tselem’s video department, will premiere at the 67th Berlinale (9-19 February 2017). The film will be screened as part of the Berlinale Shorts film competition.

The documentary follows 12-year-old Muhammad Burqan, who lives in Area H2 of Hebron, a section of the city under full Israeli control. Citing the security of some 800 settlers living in H2, Israel imposes severe restrictions on the movement – by pedestrians and by car – of some 43,000 Palestinians living there. Palestinian residents are also subjected to routine violence by Israeli security personnel and settlers, for which no one is held accountable. This state of affairs has led many of the area’s original residents to relocate, leaving behind mostly underprivileged families.

In Area H2, soldiers routinely detain children on suspicion of stone-throwing. Muhammad, who has nine siblings, is one of those children. His life revolves around his crowded home and the street, where he must deal with the constant presence of Israeli security forces and settlers.

The premiere at the Berlinale will be attended by Muhammad Burqan, the film’s director Helen Yanovsky, and B’Tselem’s Hebron field researchers, Musa Abu Hashhash and Manal al-Ja’bri.

Helen Yanovsky is a documentary filmmaker and B’Tselem’s video archive manager. She holds a BA in Theater and Film from Georgia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia, and an MFA in Film Directing and Production from Tel Aviv University. Her first documentary feature, “Jerusalem Boxing Club”, premiered at the 2015 Jerusalem Festival.


Directed by: Helen Yanovsky

Interviewer: Musa Abu Hashhash

Researchers: Musa Abu Hashhash, Manal al-Ja’bri

Editors: Helen Yanovsky, Yoav Gross

Consulting Editor: Ehab Tarabieh

Cinematographer: Helen Yanovsky

Additional cinematography: Manal al-Ja’bri, Sa’ed a-Din Zaro, Raed Abu a-Rmeileh

Produced by: Ehab Tarabieh, Yoav Gross, Helen Yanovsky