Rotenberg, Aaron Gershon
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Return is an experimental documentary framing a search for home amidst displacement. Through personal travel footage, family interviews, archival photography and collected clips from Palestine/Israel, the work interrogates how movement frames the idea of home. Through unearthing the cycles of displacement, the film intends to bring up the question of “What remains outside the frame?” when we conceive of home. The work contains five meditations on home including (1) a reflection on early European photography in Palestine, (2) Travel footage from a visit to the filmmaker's former homes in Palestine/Israel, (3) a family interview, (4) a prayer for seeing beyond walls and (5) a journey to a park built on the ruins of destroyed Palestinian villages. Return is an exploration of margins and frames in an attempt to get to a broader understanding of the boundaries “home”.