Inheritance (2012 film)


Theatrical poster
Directed by Hiam Abbass
Produced by Arik Bernstein
David Silber
Nicolas Blanc
Ender Sevim
Faruk Özerten
Written by Hiam Abbass
Ala Hlehel
Starring Hafsia Herzi
Hiam Abbass
Tom Payne
Music by Loik Dury
Cinematography Antoine Heberlé
Edited by Guy Lecorne
Distributed by Diaphana Films (France)
Release dates
Running time
88 minutes
Country Israel
Language Hebrew
Budget €2,500,000 (estimated)[1]

Inheritance (French: Héritage) is a 2012 drama film directed by and starring Hiam Abbass in her feature film directorial debut. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival and Haifa International Film Festival.


A Palestinian family living in a small Muslim village in Galilee gathers to celebrate the wedding of one of their daughters, as war rages between Israel and Lebanon. Its many members symbolise a community struggling to maintain its identity, torn between modernity and tradition. In the midst of it all is a forbidden love story between the youngest daughter, Hajar (Hafsia Herzi), who has returned from studying abroad, and her Christian lover (Tom Payne). When their father falls into a coma and inches toward death, internal conflicts explode and the familial battles become as merciless as the outside war.



Abbass has stated: "Generally, when you are speaking about Palestinians, you think of them in Ramallah, or the refugees in Syria. Instead I wanted to tell this important part of society: the Palestinians of Israel, who feel partially excluded from the country in which they live, which is why they try and preserve their identity through a strong family structure which makes them feel at home."[2]


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