The Israel Film Service Collection

Mamila Days

35 Minutes, 1979
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Directed by: Nathan Lifshitz
Production:Igal Efrati, David Schitz
Production Company:Israeli Film Service
Photographer: Yossi Wein
Original Music: Arieh Annenburg
Narrator: Arie Golan
Language: Hebrew
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An Israeli Film Service Documentary about Jerusalem’s Mamilla neighborhood.
After the reunification of Jerusalem in the Six Day War, the government expropriated lands in the city’s Mamilla neighborhood to rehabilitate the area. Over the next years, hundreds of Mamilla residents were evicted in order to demolish their houses and build a tourism and trade center as well as new buildings over them.
Seeing their neighborhood becoming empty, a small number of shops and residents struggle to stay in Mamilla: these are the Stern family, Tannous House’s synagogue’s community, the Tzarfati family bakery, hairdresser David Abrashmi, and even the evicted youth, who still consider the neighborhood their home. Against them stands the governmental-municipal corporation Karta, entrusted with the eviction and rehabilitation of the neighborhood.
The history of Mamilla, which housed a lively trade center before the War of Independence and became a dangerous and poor border area as the war ended, is told by its residents.

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