Director's Statement

In Palestine, more than four in ten men are, at least once in their life, either arrested or investigated in Israeli prisons. The youngest among them are only 12 years old. The investigation centres are the breeding ground that produces many legendary stories about heroism and victory, and a lot of ‘shameful’ stories about weakness and defeat as well. This common matrix serves as a lesson in domination - domination by the other, and of the self. However, the relationships that are built on the values of strength and weakness, dominant and subordinate, once experienced, repeat themselves endlessly, both in and out of prison. This reality is seldom expressed and the traumas land in the bottom of the souls. This film was born out of a need to express it.

By allowing others the space to tell their own stories of incarceration, I’m able to gather details to help unlock this mystery. My personal quest is to rebuild Al-Moscobiya and attempt to take control of my former submission.

Far from wishing for an objective and comprehensive reconstruction of the place of detention and methods used by Israeli interrogators, I propose a framework where everyone is free to relive their experience, as long as they participate: by building the jail, playing the role of another, or sharing the memories that continue to haunt them. This project is about addressing the traumatic experience of torture and changing its perspective, in order to free, or at least discover another part of oneself.

Raed Andoni 2017


The booklet which accompanies the release also contains Gareth Evans' complete essay.

Disc Info

Palestine, 2017
Ghost Hunting: 98 mins
Special feature: 7 minutes
Sound (Blu-Ray):
5.1 DTS-HD master audio /
2.0 Stereo LPCM (48k/24-bit)
Sound (DVD): Stereo 2.0 /
5.1 Dolby surround
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Language: Arabic
Subtitles: English

Blu-ray: BD50 / 1080 / 24fps Region ABC (Region Free)
DVD: PAL / DVD9 / 25fps Region 0 (Region Free)

DVD £12.99 / Blu-Ray: £19.99
Release Date: 28 Sept 2020


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