Berkeley, CA: US Premiere of interactive documentary "Jerusalem, We Are Here"

February 23, 2017

Please join us for the US documentary premiere of 

Jerusalem, We Are Here

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017 -- 7PM
BERKELEY CITY COLLEGE AUDITORIUM
2050 Center Street, Berkeley
Tickets $10-$1000 sliding scale, available online and at the door!

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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.  These videos are embedded into a virtual tour where the audience -- in Amman, Cairo, Jerusalem, Paris, Toronto and beyond -- can “walk” down the streets of Katamon (contemporary Jerusalem) as these were filmed in 2012-2015. Our soundscape is of the 1940s; when we reach the home of each participant, we can watch the video/audio produced. 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. 

www.jerusalemwearehere.com

A Benefit for MECA. Sponsored by the Middle East Children’s Alliance & Joining Hands, cosponsored by Arab Film Festival and Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area.

Wheelchair accessible.