Danae Elon, 2015, Documentary, 87 minutes English, Arabic, Hebrew.
Danae Elon exposes a deep, complex, and painful portrait of Jerusalem today. The filmmaker relocates her young family from New York City to her childhood home of Jerusalem, a decision prompted by the death of her father. Danae’s camera captures her three young boys growing up, asking endless questions and confronting the reality around them. She sends them to the only school in the city that teaches Arab and Jewish children together, a respite from the conflict enveloping her surroundings. But can she keep her family together—and keep a cool head—in the political and cultural heat of Jerusalem?
‘It's a great film. It makes a compelling point about the difficulties of finding one's place, identity, co-existence, and how fractured Jerusalem is. The coverage of settlements, home demolitions and confiscations, and ethnic displacement sends a strong message and highlights human rights violations.’- Sari Bashi, Israel/Palestine director, Middle East and North Africa Division