Long-Term Projects 1st Prize
World Press Photo Story of the Year
Italy, Getty Reportage
Nearly 4,200 Palestinian security detainees are being held in Israeli prisons. Some face sentences of 20 years or more. To visit a Palestinian prisoner in an Israeli jail, visitors have to overcome a number of different limitations resulting from border laws, prison regulations, and security restrictions, and are are usually allowed to see prisoners only through a transparent partition. Conjugal visits are denied and physical contact is forbidden, except for children under the age of ten, who are allowed ten minutes at the end of each visit to embrace their fathers. Since the early 2000s, long-term Palestinian detainees hoping to raise families have been smuggling semen out of prison, hidden in gifts to their children.
Habibi, which means ‘my love’ in Arabic, chronicles love stories set against the backdrop of one of the longest and most complicated conflicts in modern history, and people’s courage and perseverance to survive in a conflict zone.