Duma (2011 film)

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Duma (dolls in Arabic) is a ground-breaking and controversial documentary about the abuse of women in Arab and Palestinian society. Made by Palestinian female director Abeer Zeibak Haddad, it sheds light on sexual abuse of women in Arab society. "Duma is an extremely powerful documentary. Brutally realistic; revealingly provocative, and exceedingly enthralling." (Dr. Eylem Atakav, Huffington Post).

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Zeibak Haddad, the creator of a puppet theater show that deals with sexual abuse during childhood, decides to take her camera and journey from the north to the south of the country, after no-one comes to the theater show because of the difficulty that the subject imposes, this journey results in her documenting Arab women who have experienced sexual violence and hearing their stories. Five protagonists dare to reveal the sexual abuse they endured in their close circle of family and friends, they all look for a way to express and to break the systems of silence which were imposed on them by family and society; their goal is to be heard, whether in privacy or out in the open. Their ambition is to turn the tables and lead abused women away from the circle of silence, shame and asphyxia, and towards self acceptance and the realization that they are allowed to continue to live.


  • First Award for Best Professional Documentary at Urban TV, Madrid 2012



  • "Duma indicates a new tendency in Palestinian cinema towards moving to self-display and criticism, which first started emerging in features with Elia Suleiman’s films and appears to be gaining ground.", Dr. Qais Qassem (Tsaloniki film festival, 2011).
  • "Duma (Dolls) is an extremely powerful documentary. Brutally realistic; revealingly provocative, and exceedingly enthralling" Dr. Eylem Atakav, Huffington Post
  • "Abeer Haddad's groundbreaking documentary film calls Arab women, who are victims of sexual abuse, to step forward and break the social taboo" Raya Morag, Haaretz (Hebrew)
  • "The film is beautifully shot, – the women are shot from the back, looking out a window, one is looking out at the sea, or slightly distorted in a window or mirror. This element of anonymity in the film makes it so authentic and emphasizes the fact that these four women are a voice for all those who have suffered similar experiences in their youth." Amy Kronish, Israfilm Blog


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