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House (12A*) + ScreenTalk with Film Director Amos Gitai


A man stands in front of a new house in the desert.

The first film in Amos Gitai's trilogy follows the residents of a home in West-Jerusalem from Palestinians forced to leave after the 1948 war, to Jewish Algerian immigrants, to its new Israeli owners.

This groundbreaking documentary made over 40 years ago, chronicles the story of a house in West-Jerusalem: firstly owned by a Palestinian Doctor who was forced to leave during the 1948 war; appropriated by the Israeli government as "vacant'; rented to Jewish Algerian immigrants in 1956; and then purchased by an Israeli university professor who turned it into an affluent multi story property. To do so, he has to bring stones from a quarry near Yatta, in the West Bank, and Palestinian workers from refugee camps around Hebron.

House is both a literal and a metaphorical manifestation of the multiple narratives at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, existing under the same “roof” and a depiction of the way they have been embodied in the life of the multiple residents of a single Jerusalem house.

Tagged with: Cinema House

1980, Israel, Amos Gitai, 60 min

Arabic, Hebrew, English with English subs

This 3 part programme, presented alongside Barbican Theatre production House presents Amos Gitai’s documentary trilogy, an archaeological excavation of the multiple narratives which cross ways under the same roof of a West Jerusalem house.


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