Desert Brides

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2008
  • 86 min.

Desert Brides

  • Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2008
  • 86 min.


Miriam El Kwader, a Bedouin wedding photographer and mother of seven, living in an unknown and neglected Negev village, reveals through her camera lens, the world of Bedouin weddings; the most distressing issue revealed is polygamy. This is the story of three, relatively educated and independent women, trying to survive, each in their own way in their world – a life of polygamy. One is a "first wife," living in constant fear that her husband will bring home a second wife. The other two are pushed into marrying already married men, and become "second wives," forced to cooperate within a structure they despise or are afraid of. The family tragedies presented in this film, highlight the strength and survival of the social structures and their injustices; leaning usually on the victims partial cooperation.



Ada Ushpiz


Ada Ushpiz


Ada Ushpiz


Danor Glazer


Ron Goldman

Original Music

Eli Soorani

Original Language



Hebrew, English

Sound editor

Alex Claude

  • Winner

    DocAviv International Film Festival
  • Winner

    Israeli International Womens' Film Festival
  • Winner

    Best Cinematagraphy

Festival Highlights

San Fransisco Jewish Film Festival, , 2009

Femina Womens Film Festival, Brazil , 2009

OnFilm Festival, USA , 2009

Belfast Film Festival, Ireland , Maysles Brothers Competition , 2009

Thessaloniki DocMarket , Greece , 2009

Tartu Festival of Visual Cuture, Estonia , 2009

Golden Apricot International Film Festival, , 2009

Parnu International Film Festival, , 2009

Viscult Ethnograpghic FIlm FEstival, Iceland , 2009

International Documentary Encounters Bogota, Colombia , 2009

Taiwan Int. Ethnographic Film Festival, , 2009

Pitigliani Kolnoa Festival, Italy , 2008

Watch Docs, Poland , 2008

IDFA, Holland , Docs For Sale , 2008

Dok Leipzig, Germany , 2008

Docaviv International Film Festival, Israel , 2008

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