A documentary by Michael Pfeifenberger
84 minutes

The Negev Desert not only captures visitors with its spectacular landscape, it's also a place of opposites and extremes, a home between two cultures. Nomads and tribal traditions dominate the Arabic-influenced world, while people from all corners of the globe gather in the kibbutz, forming a community which serves the state of Israel. 

The answer to the question which children and young adults ask: “Who is in control of my life?” looks different in the Bedouin settlement than in the kibbutz. DESERT KIDS shows their similarities and differences and accompanies the coming of age process, which begins with the topic of love and family and ends with military service. 

But both cultures are characterized by strong values, and in both worlds the young people share a feeling of confinement.



Diagonale Festival des österreichischen Films 2016, Graz 

Hofer Filmtage September 2016

Biberacher Filmfestspiele November 2016

Jüdisches Filmfestival Wien November 2016

6. Jüdische Filmtage München March 2017

Festival of Tolerance Ljubljana March 2017


Supported by:


Anna Katharina Wohlgenannt

Judith Benedikt

Joana Scrinzi

Andreas Hamza
Peter Kutin
Richard Fleming
Florian Kindlinger
Sebastian Kleinloh
Immo Trümplemann
Fabian Begnert

Add. orig. soundtrack
Christina Kubisch

Sound editor
Florian Kindlinger

Peter Kutin

Sound mix
Florian Kindlinger
Peter Kutin