Atash (Thirst) , an extraordinary accomplished first film by the Arab-Israeli director Tawfik Abu Wael(2004), is set in the arid wasteland of the Palestinian desert, where an Old Testament father(Hussain Yassin Mahajne) and his family(wife,2 daughters and son)eke out a living from making charcoal.To do this the family have to saw down ,chop up trees from prohibited woods and burn the logs in pyres. The family have a scandal in their past whereby one daughter was molested or raped,so they have to live some miles from the nearest Palestinian village, due to the patriarchal values that dominate.The father rules the roost and is mean and begrudging of his children's needs, watching them with a hawk's eye. The mother and children have to help him with the charcoal burning,the fetching of water(heavy work) and the growing of plants for food. He deprives his son of his schooling and makes him workfor him,kicking over a water cistern when he escapes to school one day.The shamed daughter is maltreated and kept locked up whenever possible.She is deprived of luxuries like good clothes. He hoards his money but instead of spending it on the children he uses a lot to lay a pipe-line up into the hills so they can have running water. However due to the pipe being attacked and bursting one day they have to take turns lodging in a makeshift lean-to in the hills with a fire to guard against marauders. The son is often bullied by other boys on the way home from school and the donkey has graffiti scribbled on its sides due to the family's shame.Convincingly performed by a non-professional cast and shot with stark beautyby Asaf Sudry, especially the elemental scenes of fire,it's a claustrophobic tale of family tensions,with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict looming darkly.