We’re honored to be presenting the US Premiere of the interactive documentary Jerusalem, We Are Here
. As the US government discusses plans to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem, this timely film uncovers the rich history of Palestinian families expelled from Jerusalem in 1948 and remaps a space that has been declared Israeli. It’s a fascinating present-and-past journey of short, poetic videos embedded into a virtual tour where the audience can “walk” down the streets of Katamon (contemporary Jerusalem). Get your tickets now!
And we’re gearing up for presenting the family event of the season: The young Palestinian debka dancers and hip-hop artists of Shoruq from Dheisheh Refugee Camp will be performing at the Oakland Tech Auditorium on March 19. Tickets available soon!
If houses and streets, neighborhoods and cities could tell us their stories, what would these be? The present dominates our sense of space, but the past is always enduring under the surface, even when it has been socially, politically and economically concealed.
Jerusalem, We Are Here is an interactive documentary that digitally brings Palestinians back into the Jerusalem neighborhoods from which they were expelled in 1948. Focusing primarily on the Katamon neighborhood, Palestinian participants probed their families’ past and engaged with the painful present.
Documentary Director Dorit Naaman and two of the participants will be at the screening!
Together we produced short, poetic videos, filled with nostalgia, sorrow, and fleeting returns. As the generation of Palestinians who survived the Nakba (the 1948 catastrophe) is aging, there is an urgent need to collect their stories, and remap the space that has been declared entirely Israeli. When people flee war, they rarely take with them their photo albums or the art off the walls.
In Remapping Katamon, the map side of Jerusalem, We Are Here, we will continue to communally remap the neighborhood, house by house.
Canada, Palestine, Israel, 2016.
A Benefit for MECA. Sponsored by the Middle East Children’s Alliance & Joining Hands, cosponsored by the Arab Film Festival and Jewish Voice for Peace/Bay Area.