The Human Rights Centre at the Law School with the support of the Queen’s University Belfast Law School Film Group (QUB LSFG) and the School of Creative Arts, hosted the Northern Ireland premiere of the documentary ‘Apples of the Golan’ as part of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Festival 2014 on Tuesday 9 December 2014. The screening was followed by a Q&A with Director Keith Walsh and legal researcher Hannah Russell.
Before the Six Day War, Majdal Shams was one of 139 villages in the Golan Heights region. Only five remain. Over 130,000 Syrian Arabs were forced from their homes never to return. Amongst those who remain a stoic pragmatism prevails.
Galway directors Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth spent five years capturing the epic story of Majdal Shams in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. ‘Apples of the Golan’, an 80 minute portrait of life in Majdal Shams, is the result. It offers a story of rappers, rockers and regimes, salsa dancers, holy men and death fish, traitors, lovers, freedom fighters and their loving mothers set to the backdrop of the revolution raging over the border in their homeland Syria.