The Israel Film Service Collection

Jerusalem Frame by Frame

66 Minutes, 2012
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Directed by: Ofra Sarel Koren
Production:Sigal Landesberg
Production Company:Israel Film Service
Photographer: Dani Barnea, Roni Katzanelson
Original Music: Avi Benjamin
Language: Hebrew
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A documentary produced by the Israel Film Service.
While looking for backdrops for the bridal photographs from which he makes a living, Jerusalemite photographer and activist Yoram Amir discovers, to his horror, the powerful and accelerated processes of destruction taking place in Jerusalem, in plain daylight. According to him, historical houses are being demolished, with or without demolition orders, to be replaced by huge modern buildings with no connection to the character of the city. Yoram establishes the “Shame Underground,” and, using his camera as his weapon, he attacks the establishment with a barrage of photographed documentation and daring acts. From the ruins of the houses and the garbage dumps, he gathers window frames from the old homes, made by master carpenters, and tries, at a heavy personal price, to establish a real museum to house them. A similar pain catalyzes Saadia Mandel, one of Israel’s leading architects and the first to deal with preservation, taking part in the preservation of Old Jaffa, Yemin Moshe, and Mishkenot Sha’ananim. The stories of the two men are interwoven to tell a story of a struggle for the architectural heritage and spirit of Jerusalem.
The film features Gaya Finkel Cohen, Aviram Cohen, Gil Gordon, Amram Amir, Ya’akov Itach, Yariv Mandel, Maor Geuchman Mandel, Gila Yas’ur Mandel, and Phillip Bono.

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