25 Apr 2007 - 26 Apr 2007All dayCambridge Arts Picturehouse

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Films of Amos Gitai

Wednesday 25 April at 2.30pm A House in Jerusalem
Thursday 26 April at 4.30pm News from Home/News from House
Both at Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

 

The screening of News from Home/News from House will be followed by a discussion of Divided Cities, featuring Dr Wendy Pullan (Architecture, research includes Conflict in Cities: Architecture and Urban Order in Divided Jerusalem) and Dr Yael Navaro-Yashin (Social Anthropology, research includes work on the bordered territory of Northern Cyprus) and chaired by Professor Mary Jacobus (CRASSH).

A House in Jerusalem
Eighteen years after House, Amos Gitai returns to the setting of his first film to observe the changes in the new residents as well as in the neighbourhood. The filmmaker works like an archaeologist, revealing, under multiple layers, a complex labyrinth of destinies.

News from Home/News from House
Abandoned by its Palestinian owner in the 1948 war; requisitioned by the Israeli government as vacant; rented to Jewish Algerian immigrants in 1956; purchased by a university professor who undertakes its transformation into a three-story house in 1980…

This West Jerusalem building is no longer the microcosm it once was 25 years ago. Its inhabitants dispersed, this common space has disintegrated, but remains both an emotional and physical center at heart of the Israeli-Palestinian situation. Concrete reality has transformed into scattered stories and memories. A new identity, a new diaspora, have evolved.

With News from Home / News from House, Amos Gitai completes the trilogy which began with 1980's House and continued in 1998's A House in Jerusalem. Creating a sort of human archeology, Gitai explores the relationships between the house's inhabitants, past and present, between Israelis and Palestinians. Each in his or her own way becomes a sign of the region's, the world's, destiny.

Abandoned by its Palestinian owner in the 1948 war; requisitioned by the Israeli government as vacant; rented to Jewish Algerian immigrants in 1956; purchased by a university professor who undertakes its transformation into a three-story house in 1980…This West Jerusalem building is no longer the microcosm it once was 25 years ago. Its inhabitants dispersed, this common space has disintegrated, but remains both an emotional and physical center at heart of the Israeli-Palestinian situation. Concrete reality has transformed into scattered stories and memories. A new identity, a new diaspora, have evolved.With News from Home / News from House, Amos Gitai completes the trilogy which began with 1980's House and continued in 1998's A House in Jerusalem. Creating a sort of human archeology, Gitai explores the relationships between the house's inhabitants, past and present, between Israelis and Palestinians. Each in his or her own way becomes a sign of the region's, the world's, destiny.

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