Returning to her hometown of Jerusalem with her young family after several years abroad, documentarian Danae Elon offers an intimate, ground’s-eye view of one of the most fiercely contested cities in the world.
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There is no place like home. You can feel its warmth after you leave it, but by that time, it will be too late. You are cursed not to be back, since if at distance it will make you weep, it will crush you as soon as you try to rejoin it. Home is where you were born, and were you should die. This documentary is simple, and heartbreaking.
Great film, very accessible, really interesting, very personal and honest. A conflicted, divided city and the effect this environment has on the film maker and her family. Simple questions from the children that require complex answers. The personal is political.
Part home movie, part portrait of a city, this film follows a documentary-maker's journey back to her home of Jerusalem after 20 years away in the US. It explores the difficulty of living in the divided city through the eyes of her young children and husband, with intimate, fascinating, sometimes upsetting results.
Touching portrayal of the tensions and contradictions in the Jew Arab situation. Heartbreaking questions asked by the children. Really points out the senselessness. However at least the children could make their own views known in the family.
Getting full marks as it mixes personal documentary with excellent camera work. If it was just for the documentary, it would probably only get 4. On the latter function, the film performs well and is open about being more about the person behind the camera than about the people in front. It touches on a lot of forgotten subjects and manages to show some reality on a subject where dogmatic reporting tends to prevail.
A very personal and sincere view on the conflicts and contradictions around life in Israel and Jerusalem in particular. The evolution of the family during the years and their inevitable reflection on the political tensions is the main hook (IMO). It's admirable how the kids' reasoning can challenge the parents' and audience's. Good for 'know-it-alls' re: Palestinian conflict.
Judging that all the movie was shot by one person, without any scripting etc, the end result is amazing. I was expecting it to be an informative but boring movie to watch, but couldn't be more surprised as it lets you make emotional connections to all characters and to also get a taste of the atmosphere in the city itself.