Wadi, 10 Years Later (Wadi, Dix Ans Apres)

Ten years after his first Wadi, Amos Gitai takes up again the tale of the inhabitants of Wadi Rushmia. The former protagonists are still there. Their living conditions have deteriorated and new Russian immigrants have arrived and settled. The circumstances and individual stories reflect the political and social situation of the region, which has deteriorated.

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Wadi Grand Canyon 2001

Twenty years after his first “Wadi,” Amos Gitai returns for the third time to Wadi Rushmia. The site has been almost entirely destroyed by real-estate developers. Yussuf and his wife, guardians of the place and of its history, still live there… ‘Wadi Grand Canyon’ is composed of three films shot in 1981, 1991 and 2001 on the Wadi Rushmia site.

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WADI

Wadi is a valley located east of Haifa. A former stone quarry, it is a sort of enclave where Eastern European immigrants, survivors of the camps, live in a state of fragile coexistence with Arabs who have also been expelled from their homes

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A House in Jerusalem (Une Maison A 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.

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War Memories, Kippur (Souvenirs de Guerre, Kippour)

In 1973, during the Kippur War, an Israeli helicopter with a first aid crew was shot down over the Golan Heights. There were seven men aboard including Amos Gitai. Twenty years later, he meets up with the other crew members and returns to the location of the accident. It is a journey towards remembering a trauma and finding the scars it has left on the survivors.

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Queen Mary

The story of a French pop group, born in the Parisian suburb of Gennevilliers, discovered by Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox (Eurythmics) who invited them to record in London. Their music expresses the feelings of the people who live on the periphery of the city, a sort of alienation of the individuals by their environment, the anonymous architecture of low-rent housing characteristic of the second half of the 20th century

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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 and 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.

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In Search of Identity

A series of interviews with American Jews: Saul Bellow (Noble Prize in literature); I.F. Stone; A. Farbstein, who was Trostky’s secretary; the Levi-Strauss Family. These interviews investigate Jewish identity and how to define it as well as the issues of roots and immigration in both the US and Israel.

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House (La Masion / Bait)

This is the story of a house in West Jerusalem. It was abandoned during the 1948 war by its owner, a Palestinian doctor, requisitioned by the Israeli government as “vacant,” rented to Jewish Algerian immigrants in 1956 and purchased by a university professor who undertakes its transformation into a patrician villa.

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