Every week, Palestinian children are arrested in the West Bank by the Israeli army. Some of them as young as 12 years old, and the most common accusation is stone throwing. In the Hebron area, Mohammed Jamil (15), Hamze (17) and Mahran (20) has returned home after months and years in prison. They are hailed as heroes on their big homecoming party, but getting back to everyday life is more difficult than they could imagine. Soldiers, military raids and demonstrations mark the environment. When the Boys Return is story about young boys’ strength and courage in an environment marked by conflicts.
Tone Andersen is a Norwegian cinematographer and filmmaker. She has studied film at Lillehammer College and received a Bachelor’s degree in Film & Video at The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, UK. From 2002-2006 she was based in the occupied West Bank, where she worked with independent documentary films and for TV news. He was the cinematographer on the award-winning A Stone’s Throw Away (2003) and USA vs Al-Arian (2007). When the Boys Return is her directorial debut for long TV documentary.