Desert Brides

General Information

Israel, 2008 | Documentary, 90 min., | Video
Director: Ada Ushpiz
Producers: Ada Ushpiz


Miriam El Kwader, a Bedouin wedding photographer and mother of seven, living in an unknown and neglected Negev village, reveals through her camera lens, the world of Bedouin weddings; the most distressing issue revealed is polygamy.
This is the story of three, relatively educated and independent women, trying to survive, each in their own way in their world – a life of polygamy. One is a "first wife", living in constant fear that her husband will bring home a second wife. The other two are pushed into marrying already married men, and become "second wives", forced to cooperate within a structure they despise or are afraid of.
The family tragedies presented in this film, highlight the strength and survival of the social structures and their injustices; leaning usually on the victims`` partial cooperation.

Awards & Festivals


Winner - DocAviv International Film festival
Winner- Israeli international Womens Film Festival
Winner- Best Cinematagrapghy, Israeli Academy Documentary awards

LA Israeli Film Festival, 2009

Israeli Consulate Cultural Centre, Brazil 2009

Beeld voor Beeld FF, 2009

San Fransisco Jewish Film Festival 2009

Femina Womens FF, Brazil, 2009

OnFilm festival, Northfolk, Virginia, 2009

Belfast Film Festival - Maysles Brothers Competition, 2009

Thessaloniki DocMarket 2009

Tartu Festival of Visual Cuture- Estonia, 2009

Other Israel Film Festival 2008

Israeli  Women`s International FF- Israel, 2008

Watch Docs -Poland, 2008

IDFA,Docs For Sale 2008

Dok Leipzig- Germany, 2008

Docaviv - Israel, 2008

Kent University

Hebrew University

Ottawa Library

Golden Apricot - Armenia Int. Film festival, 2009

Parnu International Film Festival, 2009

Viscult Ethnograpghic FF, Iceland, 2009

Israeli Documentary Festival, Cape Town 2009

International Documentary Encounters Bogogta, Columbia, 2009

Taiwan Int. Ethnographic FF, 2009

Golden Panda Awards, 2009

CMCA Awards, Rencontres d’Averroès, 2009

1001 Documentary FF, Istanbul 2009


Script: Ada Ushpiz
Production Company: AU Films
Co-Production Company: Ada Ushpiz
Camera: Danor Glazer 
Editor: Ron Goldman
Original Music: Eli Soorani 
Original Language: Hebrew, Arabic
Subtitles: English, Hebrew


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