The Forest is a self-shot documentary that explores the relationship between people, landscape and identity through the story of Israel's largest human-made forest.
The film is UK Production, produced at NFTS, as a Taster for a feature-length documentary.
The Forest investigates the story of Israel’s largest human-made forest, set in the vast desert, on the borderline with the Palestinian West Bank. We meet a collage of colourful characters of both Jews and Arabs who live in the forest, work to maintain it, irrigate it or being expelled from their lands to make way for its ever-expanding plots. The film questions the Israeli national endeavour to maintain, rebuild and expand a forest of 4 million trees in a place where they could never survive.
Shot in 2017 in Israel/Palestine
Running Time: 14'
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Screening Format: 2K DCP, mov, mp4 (HD)
Sound: 5.1 Dolby or Stereo
Director/Producer: Yaël Lotem
Cinematography: Yaël Lotem
Editor: Stella Heath Keir
Sound Recordists: Andrei Grigore Tudor
Sound Designer: Ioannis Spanos
Production Manager: Megan Randle