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Yousef Hassan and his wife Amna in Salim Abu Jabal’s Roshmia. Yousef Hassan and his wife Amna in Salim Abu Jabal’s Roshmia.

The representation of the city of Haifa as a model for coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis overlooks the gradual but massive impact Zionist colonialism has wrought.

Although not quite as flagrant and aggressive as the ethnic cleansing of another coastal city, Jaffa, Haifa has endured its own Nakba — the ethnic cleansing of Palestine — since 1948.

Roshmia valley, in the eastern edge of the city, is where colonial dominance and gentrification dressed in the euphemisms of modernity and development conspire. The area epitomizes Israel’s attempts at corroding Palestinian identity and existence in the city.

It is this very struggle for existence and survival that the documentary film Roshmia so poignantly portrays.

A recipient of the jury prize at the 2014 Dubai International Film Festival, Roshmia was written, edited and directed by Salim Abu…

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