A House In Jerusalem

88 Minutes, 1998
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Directed by: Amos Gitai
Production Company:Agav Productions, ZDF/ARTE
Photographer: Nurit Aviv
Languages: Hebrew, French
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Roughly 20 years after the making of House, Amos Gitai heads back to Jerusalem’s Dor Dor Vedorshav St. In the time that has passed, much has indeed changed: the Oslo Accords had been signed, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin had been assassinated, and Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation efforts had hit an impasse. Here, Gitai slightly widens the perimeter of the film’s subject matter, whilst still staying true to the same documentarist approach. He moves between a series of encounters, speaking to residents of Jerusalem’s German Colony neighbourhood; Israel Antiquities Authority staff working at the City of David excavation site; Arab and Romanian construction workers, and Dr. Mahmoud Dajani – the original homeowner’s family members. Cinematographer, Nurith Aviv’s camerawork is considerably more hands-on and investigative than her predecessor’s, including long shots of the local vistas among other things. The movement between the various interviewees and parts of Jerusalem comes together to paint a portrait of Jerusalem as an intersection of sorts where the tangible presence of the city’s famous Jerusalem stone and its homes converges with the transience of its residents – immigrants and migrants looking for a way to cement their identities and to put down roots. (No Subtitles)

לאסופה "עמוס גיתאי: הארכיטקט של האמנות השביעית"

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