A story about a city that once connected Palestine to the world –– what it once was, what it is now,
and what it could have become.


In 1948 a catastrophic event transformed the Palestinian city of Lyd forever, hundreds were massacred by occupation forces and most of the city’s inhabitants were sent into exile. Seventy years later, Lyd is now called Lod in Hebrew and the city that once connected Palestine to the world is now the capital of Israel’s drug trade –– disinvested and divided. But what if the massacre and expulsion never happened? Lyd in Exile combines dystopian, documentary footage and animated fictional scenes to portray two simultaneous realities. Through documentary scenes with a Palestinian metal worker in Balata Refugee Camp who is trapped in exile, never before seen Israeli archival footage of Zionist soldiers admitting to their war crimes, a Palestinian teacher in Lyd fighting to keep Palestinian identity alive for the next generation and other characters, Lyd in Exile follows the current, harsh realities of Palestinian life under occupation. And through animated fictional sequences, it also colorfully and often humorously imagines what life would be like for these same characters if the occupation had never happened and the open wound left by the massacre and expulsion was closed.

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Sarah Friedland (Director/Cinematographer)

Rami Younis (Director/Producer)

Fivel Rothberg (Producer)

Roger Waters (Executive Producer)

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This film is still in progress, but you can get a sneak peak into the process below.


What are people saying about “Lyd In Exile”?

“Media makers have the enormous responsibility of over-riding US control of information about Palestine and the Israeli occupation. Here is another necessary project to reach across the gap.”

– Sarah Schulman Author, Activist and Distinguished Professor

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