Nationality Unknown

Josepha Wessels

Research output: Non-textual formArtistic work


A film on identity & hydropolitics in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights. Majdal Shams is a Syrian village in the Golan Heights, a water rich plateau located between Israel and Syria. The Syrian citizens of Majdal Shams and four other villages have been under Israeli occupation since the October war in 1973. After 40 years their on-going resistance is in the form of refusing Israeli citizenship and keeping their Syrian identity and nationality alive. Hence they have “nationality unknown” written on their ID cards. This has severe implications for the costs of their water supply and investment costs for irrigated agriculture. Are there any prospects of peace in this area that is inflicted by a protracted military occupation? This film is produced within the framework of the Middle East in the Contemporary World programme for the project “Hydropolitics in the Jordan Riverbasin” undertaken by Lund University, Sweden.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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