Thirteen-year-old Hayaat and her family spend their days dodging curfews, trying to buy a week’s groceries before the sirens blare, remembering their home among the olive groves before it was taken from them. But when the curfew breaks and her beloved grandmother Sitti Zeynab is taken to hospital, Hayaat sets out on a mission to retrieve a jarful of soil from the family’s old farm so she can grant Sitti’s last wish of touching the soil of her homeland once more.
All Hayaat and her friend Samy have to do is cross the hated wall that divides the West Bank and traverse the most dangerous patch of land on earth.
Eva Di Cesare has adapted Randa Abdel-Fattah’s book into a daring adventure of freedom and friendship, exile and courage, family and love.
‘What does home mean to a community that cannot return to their homeland? When your home is occupied and you have no right of return, you hold on to what you can; the key to the front door, the title deeds to your land, a jar of soil.’ â€” Eva Di Cesare