A story of a city that once connected Palestine to the world – what it once was, what it is now, and what it could have become. This documentary follows the rise and fall of Lyd, a 5000-year-old metropolis that was once a bustling Palestinian town until it was conquered when the State of Israel was established in 1948. As the film unfolds, a chorus of characters creates a tapestry of the Palestinian experience of this city and the trauma left by the massacre and expulsion.



Rami Younis is a Palestinian filmmaker, writer, journalist and activist from Lyd. As a journalist he mainly wrote for the online magazine +972 and served as both writer and editor of its Hebrew sister site, “local call”, a journalistic project he co-founded, designed to challenge Israeli mainstream outlets. Moreover, he is the host of the Arabic-language daily news show, “On the Other Hand.”

Sarah Friedland received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and the International School of Film and Television in Cuba and her MFA from the Integrated Media Art Program at Hunter College. Her documentary films are concerned with personal stories that reveal larger histories and intricacies about place and society. Filmography: Thing With No Name (2009) and The Rink (2016).