While millions of birds migrate freely in the skies, a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon yearns for the ancestral homeland she is denied. She is Fadia Loubani and she challenges Sarah Beddington, artist and filmmaker, 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 highlight 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.
The Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign presents the documentary film Fadia’s Tree at 7.30pm on International Women’s Day 2023. Admission is free and all are welcome.