Film: My Neighbourhood
T'ruah is proud to partner with Just Vision in promoting two of their documentary projects about Sheikh Jarrah: My Neighbourhood (see below) and Home Front: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah, a series of free online documentary shorts. Both are available with supplementary resources from T'ruah.
Getting beyond the sensational headlines and broad generalizations that normally dominate discussions of Jerusalem, the Peabody Award winning documentary My Neighbourhood captures voices rarely heard, of those striving for a shared future in the city.
The film features Mohammed El Kurd, a Palestinian boy growing up in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed turns 11, his family is forced to give up part of their home to Israeli settlers, who are leading a campaign of court-sanctioned evictions to guarantee Jewish control of the area.
Shortly after their displacement, Mohammed’s family and other residents begin peacefully protesting against the evictions, determined not to lose their homes for good. In a surprising turn, they are quickly joined by scores of Israeli supporters who are horrified to see what is being done in their name. Among them is Jewish West Jerusalem resident Zvi Benninga and his sister Sara, who develop a strong relationship with Mohammed and his family as they take on a leading role in organizing the protests.
My Neighbourhood follows Mohammed as he comes of age in the midst of unrelenting tension and remarkable cooperation in his backyard. Highlighting Mohammed’s own reactions to the highly volatile situation, reflections from family members and other evicted residents, accounts of Israeli protesters, and interviews with Israeli settlers, the film chronicles the resolve of a neighbourhood and the support it receives from the most unexpected of places.
- Order a DVD Copy of My Neighbourhood
- $20 for a DVD licensed for private, home use only.
- $65 for T'ruah special discounted rate for an educational/institutional DVD licensed for unlimited public screenings of the film. These DVDs are intended for university and community screenings. Normally priced at $150.
- Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
T'ruah's supplemental discussion guide to Just Vision's "My Neighbourhood," written by Rabbinical Student Ilanit Goldberg, Joshua Bloom, and Rabbi Jill Jacobs, November 2012.
Official Trailer (Watch Full Movie Online)
East Jerusalem Context Maps: These maps provide a brief introduction to settlements in East Jerusalem.