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The Ruins Of Lifta (2016/First Run DVD)

Picture: C+ Sound: C- Extras: D Documentary: B+

On the outskirts of Jerusalem lies the ruins of Lifta, the remains of an Arab village. Currently it one of the few places that has not been occupied or repopulated by any current group, but now ,the Israeli government wants to bulldoze ruins and turn it into luxury condos. But who does Lifta belong to? It originally lived by Arabs but then forced out by holocaust survivors for them to live there, but now 60 years later survivors from both sides lay claim to Lifta as we investigate in Menachem Daum & Oren Rudavsky's new documentary The Ruins Of Lifta (2016).

Lifta is currently a ruin village, but it symbolic of people and how hard peace it is in Jerusalem. Holocaust survivors came to Lifta after losing their homes and family in Europe, but in order for them to come, they had to force out the Arabs/Palestinians who already lived in Lifta in another conflict that falls under the idea of a Holy War. It is only because of modernization by the current Israeli government, Lifta has brought back attention to the survivors from both sides. Each side has lay claim to the land and is afraid the reconstruction will destroy the history/their culture and the memories of those who died there. It was once a land where both Jews and Arabs once shared, but now they both sides want it because neither side want the world to forget their people's suffering there.

This was an interesting documentary, directed and narrated by an American Orthodox Jew, he sets out to understand the origins of his family, the survivors and where they came from. It shows how people are not really so different from each other regardless of race or culture, each one has their pride and stubbornness when it comes to their past heritage and cultures. It is very symbolic of how because of how people's pride has made peace so elusive in Middle East and Jerusalem.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is good fir this kind of documentary, but the lossy Dolby Digital sound has more location audio ands mixing issues than expected, so be prepared for that. Extras include trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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