This documentary recorded and produced by Seth Porcello in July of 2006 (just prior to the war on Lebanon) features audio of the people in the village of Majdal Shams shouting across the minefield (1967 ceasefire line) that separates them from their relatives in Syria. This very tangible sound of a border, and occupation, serves as a point from which to tell this story. As one hears the Safhia family, who very graciously allowed the recording their conversation, one hears without interpretation what it is to go on living and coping with the reality of never being able to reunite with one’s family. Through their bullhorns they give voice to the border through the silence of the minefield. Through a documentation of this border, the reality of life in the Golan comes into focus as the boundaries of land and water resources reinforce this basic structure of the occupation that begins at the shouting mountain.
Seth Porcello is an independent journalist living in Montreal Canada where he works with CKUT 90.3 FM. During the summer of 2006 he worked as a news editor at the IMEMC.org in Beit Sahour Palestine where he produced four radio documentaries on the Occupied Territories.