Like a String of Beads (2019)

Inas Halabi
Like a String of Beads (still)
Digital video, colour, sound
26 minutes


In this film, Inas Halabi documents the lives of nine siblings who reside in the village of Ibillin in northern Palestine. As they explore their individual oral histories, the family members attempt to build a collective history. With the action contained within one household, the film unpacks diverging experiences of the same events, veering between collective agreement and disagreement, and traces the rhythms of daily life and the memories haunting the home. Halabi frames the family dynamics within the wider Palestinian struggle, exploring how the struggle has impacted their lives and will continue to shape their family history.

Screening Information

Like a String of Beads (2019)
Director: Inas Halabi
Documentary | 26 minutes
Arabic with English subtitles

This film is part of Ghosts of Songs: Oral Histories in MENA Female Cinema, the second programme in a series of online screenings presented by Sharjah Art Foundation in collaboration with Habibi Collective.

A link to the screening and details about the full programme, which will be livestreamed at 8:30 pm on 12 June 2020, can be found here.

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