Canada / Israel, 2015 (MIFF 2016, Documentaries)
Director: Danae Elon
"Jerusalem has been – and for many, still is – a metaphor for the destruction and vengeance of an offended God. She is the city where believers have killed unbelievers to give life to faith." – Amos Elon
Danae Elon's father, the famous journalist and novelist Amos Elon, made Danae promise she would never move back to their home country of Israel. In 2010, after he died, she did just that. With her husband and sons, Danae makes Jerusalem her new home. But reconnecting with a deep, family identity in a Jewish state means facing some harsh realities about the policies employed to keep it that way.
Filming over three years, Elon documents the struggles of her family as they attempt to adjust to their new life. Her sons attend school alongside Israeli and Palestinian children, even as Israel is evicting Arabs from their homes and expanding Jewish settlements. With all of this going on, Elon is forced to question whether it is possible to raise a family in the midst of so much chaos.
"A deeply affecting, very personal film about the nature of identity." – 972 Magazine