The Ruins of Lifta

The Ruins of Lifta

Downloadable Video - 2017
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Lifta is the only Arab village abandoned in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that has not been completely destroyed or repopulated by Jews. Its ruins are now threatened by an Israeli development plan that would convert it into an upscale Jewish neighborhood. Discovering that his parents’ Holocaust experiences may have distorted his views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Menachem–the filmmaker and an Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn–sets out to establish a personal relationship with a Palestinian. ..He meets Yacoub, who was expelled from Lifta and now leads the struggle to save the haunting ruins of his village from Israeli plans to build luxury villas on the site. Learning that Lifta was once a place where Jews and Arabs got along, Menachem join’s Yacoub’s campaign in the hopes that Lifta can serve as a place of reflection and reconciliation. This sets up a climactic encounter between a Holocaust survivor and a Nakba refugee amidst the ruins of Lifta..."A vital study of loss and memory. Grounded in the art of listening, 'The Ruins of Lifta' builds a powerful, personal, political conversation between Palestinians and Israelis looking to live differently. The result is necessary viewing." - Diana Clarke, Village Voice.."An achingly poignant documentary that investigates a debate in which dueling narratives collide." - Daniel M. Gold, The New York Times.."In the personalized documentary from Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky, Daum acts as a thoughtful onscreen guide to what the picturesque hillsides and its stone remains represent. Daum, an Orthodox Jew and descendant of Holocaust survivors, compassionately engages with Palestinians...finding especially soulful discourse with a displaced Liftawi named Yacoub Odeh." -Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
Publisher: [San Francisco, California, USA] :, Kanopy Streaming,, 2017
First Run Features Exclusives,, 2016
Characteristics: 1 online resource (streaming video file) (77 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound

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