A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:
This short film by Owen Kilgour examines the shifting identities of the pastoral roaming Bedouin of Petra. Raami Manaja and Saleh Mosa each come from a long line of Bedouin people. Petra became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985, at which point the Jordanian government built permanent settlements for the Bedouin people around Petra and encouraged permanent settlement. Raami says settling has been positive: people can build community and have improved access to infrastructure, health resources, and jobs. I admit I’m skeptical—what’s lost when the ability to move has been curtailed?
Produced by Owen Kilgour
Join a group of Bedouins for dinner and learn about their lives first hand on our Suez Canal Crossing: Israel, Egypt, Jordan & the Red Sea Small Ship Adventure.