• Israel
  • Documentary
  • 2011
  • 55 min.
  • Director(s): Abeer Zeibak Haddad
  • Producer(s): Suheil Haddad


Duma (Dolls in Arabic) is a groundbreaking Israeli documentary about sexual violence against Arab women in Palestinian and Arabian society. It is the first film by a female Arabic speaker to confront the taboo of sexual violence against Arab women, who are frequently forced into silence to preserve their family’s honor. The film chronicles the stories of five women who experienced sexual abuse as young girls, some of them being victimized by their own family members.

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Abeer Zeibak Haddad


Suheil Haddad


Ivon Miklosh


Era Lapid

Original Language




Soundtrack Editor

Aviv Aldema

Supporting Funds

The New Fund for Cinema and Television

Festival Highlights


    Best Documentary Award
    Urban TV Festival, Madrid

Middle East Now Film Festival, Italy, 2013

Afghanistan Human Rights Film Festival, Afghanistan , 2013

Nar Film Festival, Turkey, 2013

International 1001 Documentary Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey, 2012

CRONOGRAF International Documentary Film Festival , Moldova, 2012

his Human World International Human Rights Film Festival, Austria, 2012

Filmisreal! , The Netherlands, 2012

DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel, 2011

International Women's Film Festival, Israel, Israel, 2011

IDFA, The Netherlands, 2011

Belgrade Documentary International Film Festival, Serbia, 2011

Mumbai International Film Festival, India, 2011


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  • Duma (Dolls) is an extremely powerful documentary. Brutally realistic; revealingly provocative, and exceedingly enthralling
    Dr Eylem Atakav .huffington post
  • The film is beautifully shot, – the women are shot from the back, looking out a window,. This element of anonymity in the film makes it so authentic and emphasizes.
    Amy Kronish
  • Duma indicates a new tendency in Palestinian cinema towards moving to self-display and criticism, which first started emerging in features with Elia Suleiman’s films and appears to be gaining ground.
    Qais Qassem - Tsaloniki Film Festival
  • Abeer Haddad's groundbreaking documentary film calls Arab women, who are victims of sexual abuse, to step forward and break the social taboo
    Dr. Raya Morag, HAARETZ
  • An excellent movie, exceptionally crafted
    Channel 10