Soup Over Bethlehem - Mloukhieh (2006)
video, 9' 30''
Soup Over Bethlehem depicts an ordinary Palestinian family, Sansour's own, around a dinner table on a rooftop overlooking the West Bank city of Bethlehem. What starts as a culinary discussion about the national dish 'mloukhieh' soon evolves into a personal and engaging conversation about politics - thereby emphasising the symbiosis of food and politics so indicative of the Palestinian experience.
The flow and integrity of the dialogue poses questions as to the staged nature of what easily passes for unedited. Soup Over Bethlehem addresses the fictional foundation of documentary and draws attention to the mediated nature of visual reports passed off as unbiased depictions of reality.