MAKOM AVODA

Nurith Aviv
France, Germany, Israel 1998 | 81 Min. | BetaSP, OmU

Mosa­hav Shekef is an agri­cul­tur­al coop­er­a­tive in the Lachish region. It is inhab­it­ed by Israelis – some are sabras, some were born in Maroc­co, Argenti­na or Iraq. Today there are 40 fam­i­lies, half of them vote for the left, the other half vote for the right. In the neigh­bour­hood, on the other side of the Green Border Line, the Pales­tin­ian vil­lage of Beth-Awah is sit­u­at­ed. Before the Intifa­da had start­ed the agri­cul­tur­al work­ers of Shekef came from this village. 

After the murder of a moshav member, the moshav decid­ed to cease employ­ment of all Pales­tin­ian work­ers. The murder case still hasn’t been solved. Shekef was the first moshav receiv­ing the per­mis­sion to employ agri­cul­tur­al work­ers from Thai­land. Since 1988 most of the inhab­i­tants of Beth-Awah are unem­ployed. A tri­an­gle is formed between Thais, Pales­tini­ans an Israelis – all live around the same place (makom); work (avoda) is the link between them. The film expos­es the ten­sions, fears and uncer­tain­ties which are con­cealed behind the peace­ful green exte­ri­or of the moshav.