Neighbors Or Foes

61 Minutes, 1995
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Directed by: Nissim Mossek
Production:Sharon Shavit
Production Company:Biblical Productions
Photographer: Samuel Calderon, Shimi Gat
Languages: Hebrew, English, Arabic
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

Director Nissim Mossek returns to Aqabat El-Khalidieh Street in the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City where he checks in with local resident, Abu Bassem. Mossek first started filming the street and Abu Bassem in1986, not long after the First Intifada broke out following the murder of yeshiva student, Eliahu Amdi, that had taken place there (Eight years later, he will return for the third time in his 2004 follow up, Shalom Abu Bassem.) Mossek examines the evolution of this politically combustible road in the decade that has passed since he first set foot there – a place where local Muslims live next door to fundamentalist yeshiva student. The film opens and ends in a scene where the residents get together to watch a film made about them, their lives, and their street which, itself, is a microcosm of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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