Prisoners of the Occupation, 2019
Palestinian political prisoners are the most hidden victims of the Israeli occupation. Camera recordings of any part of the prisons are subject to strict approval and some sections have never been publicly documented. In this play, writer and director Einat Weizman enter to this dark spot of the Israeli occupation and provides a precise, clinical, description of the process of incarceration as narrated by current and former prisoners. The play is the result of a long research process, of interviewing and hearing testimonies from prisoners and ex-prisoners, actively involved at every stage of the creation – from writing to dramaturgy and mis-en-scene. The prison experiences that are uncovered include interrogations, hunger strikes, solitary confinement and family visits, as well as diving into the prisoner consciousness. The play reveals a hard and brutal reality, but also an account of human endurance and solidarity.
The play was banned at the 2017 Acre Festival and was staged after a long struggle at Tmuna theater at Tel Aviv, 2019.
Playwright | Einat Weizman and political prisoners
Director | Einat Weizman
Actors | Kamel Basha, Jalal Masarua, Rabea Khoury, Byan Anteer, Einat Weizman
Translator | Dareen Tatour
Dramaturg | Nitzan Cohen
Stage Designer | Salim Shahadah
Lighting Designer | Eyal Daniel
Assistant Director | Roni Felsen
Photos | David Kaplan
Other world productions of Prisoners of the Occupation:
Norwegian version - Human Festival, 2020