Filmed in black and white, IN VITRO is a sci-fi based in the aftermath of an eco-disaster. An abandoned nuclear reactor is converted into a huge orchard under the biblical town of Bethlehem, and a group of scientists are preparing to replant the soil using heirloom seeds collected days before the apocalypse. The orchard’s ailing founder, 70-year-old Alia, played by Hiam Abbass, lies on her deathbed as 30-year-old Alia, played by Maisa Abd Elhadi, visits her in the underground compound’s hospital wing. Alia was born underground as part of a cloning program and had never seen the town she is destined to rebuild. The exchange between the two worlds develops into an intimate dialogue about memory, exile, and nostalgia - encompassing the symbolically and politically charged backdrop of Bethlehem.
Directors: Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind
Producer: Ali Roche
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Countries: Denmark, Palestine
Duration: 28 min