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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
A film-diary shot in the occupied territories before and during the invasion of Lebanon.
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.
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.
On the train on the way to the Festival in Vesoul, filmmakers Amos Gitai and Elia Suleiman talk about the subjects that preoccupy them: war and peace in the Middle East, their film projects, their cities, their private lives.
In Cairo on 4 May 1994 Arafat and Rabin signed a peace agreement. For four months Amos Gitai followed the events leading up to the event and chronicled public reactions on both sides. This television film is in four parts
In 1992 in Wuppertal, Germany, two skinheads killed a man who claimed to be Jewish. Amos Gitai questions the witnesses, the residents and the protagonists of the trial.
The 1986 Euryhmics tour of Japan is the end of the world tour during which Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart promote their latest album "Revenge." The time between concerts leads to the shocking discovery of a world of sounds as cultivated by the Japanese, both brutally technological and highly refined traditional expressions.
In Thailand half a million women work a prostitutes while men leave the country as low paid labourers in the Gulf Emirates. This is a film on the trade of human beings and economic relations in the modern world.
A cartography of the Italian political landscape during the 1993 municipal and presidential campaigns. The leading contenders in Napels are Mussolini's Granddaughter Alessandra and her left wing rival Antonio Bassolino.
Three weeks after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995 Amos Gitai investigates and traces the event. He travels through the country for three months. Memories of war and peace take place through various encounters.
One day, when I opened my refrigerator, I looked closely at a can of pineapples. The can said "made in the Philippines, packaged in Honoluu and distributed in San Francisco" and the label was "printed in Japan." Pineapple is a microcosm that allows me to tell a story and deal with the issue of the Third World.