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Desert Brides

Directed by: Ada Ushpiz
90 Minutes, 2008, Documentary; Other Israel Film Festival

Miriam El Kwader, a Bedouin wedding photographer and mother of seven, living in an unknown and neglected Negev village, reveals through her camera lens, the world of Bedouin weddings; the most distressing issue revealed is polygamy.

This is the story of three, relatively educated and independent women, trying to survive, each in their own way in their world – a life of polygamy. One is a “first wife”, living in constant fear that her husband will bring home a second wife. The other two are pushed into marrying already married men, and become “second wives”, forced to cooperate within a structure they despise or are afraid of.

The family tragedies presented in this film, highlight the strength and survival of the social structures and their injustices; leaning usually on the victims` partial cooperation.


Director: Ada Ushpiz

Producer: Ada Ushpiz

Script Writer : Ada Ushpiz

Camera Man: Danor Glazer

Editor: Ron Goldman

Original Music: Eli Soorani