In Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo, Israelis and Palestinians work together to tend to the elephants, crocodiles, and rhinos. Tensions across animal species are reflected in the mostly good-natured but always edgy interactions between employees, who lead regular tours of schoolchildren through the zoo. Comprising Jewish and Muslim students, these tours are led separately, with each group learning different details about the same animals; hearing stories constructed to reflect the glories and struggles of the children’s distinct yet neighboring cultures. Katharina Waisburd discovers an extraordinary place in the heart of the Holy Land, daring to revive questions about freedom and hope in a desperate situation.
Screening followed by Q&A with the director and with Shai Doron, director of The Biblical Zoo. Moderated by Betty Herschman, Director of International Relations and Advocay, Ir Amim.
Beitar Jerusalem F.C. is the most popular and controversial soccer team in Israel–the only club in the Israeli Premier League never to sign an Arab player. Midway through the 2013 season, a secretive transfer deal by the owner brought in two Muslim players from Chechnya. That deal inspired the most racist campaign in Israeli sports, sending the team spiraling out of control. A look at one season in the life of this famed team provides a window into Israeli society, personal identity, money, and power, showing how racism can destroy a team and society from within.
A comic mockumentary based on the book by Itay Meirson. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has lasted 100 years. One hundred years of war, bloodshed, bitterness, and suffering. One hundred years of stalemate, intransigence, and failed peace deals. And now it’s all over. They’ve finally found the solution: a winner-take-all soccer match. The winner gets to stay. The loser leaves forever. And no whining.
Bina and Meir, an Orthodox couple from Jerusalem, arrive panic-stricken at the hospital after her son Oliel is severely injured in a terror attack. This is their first time seeing their son since he became secular and lost contact with the family. At the hospital, Bina and Meir meet Amal, a young Arab woman, who claims she is there to attend to her dying father. While Meir searches for answers to revive Oliel, the two despondent women bond with one another. As the truth unfolds, they all struggle to accept the unlikely circumstances that have brought them together.
Sarah (Tali Sharon), a morose harpist in the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra, is married to Abraham (Alon Aboutboul), the charismatic conductor of the group. They have no children. When Hagar, a young horn player from East Jerusalem, joins the Orchestra, Sarah’s world erupts. A unique friendship develops between the two women. Hagar, sympathizing with Sarah’s pain, offers to have a baby for Sarah. Ismail, born to Hagar and Abraham, is a wild and gifted pianist whom Sarah raises as her own. When Ismail discovers the true identity of his mother, his world–and that of those around him–falls apart. Harmonia maintains the essence of the biblical story from Genesis and adds a unique perspective, unearthing the metaphoric roots of the conflict.