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Fadia’s Tree + Q&A U

While millions of birds migrate freely in the skies, Fadia, a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon, yearns for the ancestral homeland she is denied. She challenges Sarah Beddington, the Director, to find an ancient mulberry tree that stands as witness to her family’s existence – with only inherited memories, a blind man and a two-headed dragon as her guides. Along the way, Sarah meets with ornithologists whose observations on the homing instincts of the birds inadvertently reveal the unresolved problems of the region.

Spanning fifteen years, this story of a friendship that stays connected across a divided land and a fragmented people adopts a birds’ eye perspective to reflect on freedom of movement, exile and the hope of return.

Susan Simnett – Producer
With an earlier career in advertising that developed good habits in telling stories clearly, succinctly and with heightened engagement, Susan found her home in the world of film. In 2015, drawing on her business expertise and her creative interests she set up Over The Fence Films. Working with artist director, Sarah Beddington, Fadia’s Tree is her first feature. Currently on the festival circuit, it received the Feather Award for Best Documentary at the Karama Human Rights Festival in Jordan and the Amnesty
International Award for Best Feature Film at the Donostia-San Sebastián Human Rights Film Festival.


Fadia Loubani


Sarah Beddington

Running Time

84 minutes