Coming to theatres tomorrow, Friday, March 17:
DOC NYC, RIDM, Haifa, Berlin, Toronto Jewish, Biografilm, New Horizons, Melbourne
A chronicle of three years in Jerusalem with the filmmaker’s family uncovers the city’s tensions.
Elon, who grew up in Jerusalem, relocated her Brooklyn-based family back to her homeland following the death of her father, celebrated leftwing intellectual and author Amos Elon. Though recognizing the divisiveness in the country around issues of religion and race, she feels drawn to the city, and, in some ways perhaps, hopes to counter the more extremist views with a more liberal perspective. Adjusting to life in this new country, however, proves to be a challenge, particularly for her husband Philip, a French-Algerian Jew who is forced to confront racism in what’s meant to be a welcoming society. Serving at the same time as both a reflection on fundamental questions at the heart of the state of Israel and a study in family dynamics, Elon’s film is a thought-provoking piece of personal filmmaking.