Lifta is the only Arab village abandoned in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that has not been completely destroyed or repopulated by Jews. Its ruins are now threatened by an Israeli development plan that would convert it into an upscale Jewish neighborhood. Discovering that his parents' Holocaust experiences may have distorted his views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Menachem - the filmmaker and an Orthodox Jew from Brooklyn - sets out to establish a personal relationship with a Palestinian. He meets Yacoub, who was expelled from Lifta and now leads the struggle to save the haunting ruins of his village from Israeli plans to build luxury villas on the site. Learning that Lifta was once a place where Jews and Arabs got along, Menachem joins Yacoub's campaign in the hopes that Lifta can serve as a place of reflection and reconciliation. This sets up a climactic encounter between a Holocaust survivor and a Nakba refugee amidst the ruins of Lifta.
A pre-screening and virtual discussion with panelists
Menachem Daum – Filmmaker and Co-Producer
Dr. Daphna Golan - Faculty of Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Coordinator of Save Lifta Coalition
Moderated by Dr. Angela Miller - Professor of Art History, Washington University in St. Louis
How this will work:
Register for the Voices from the Holy Land Online Film Salon on The Ruins of Lifta : TinyURL.com/VFHLoctober2020
Once you’ve registered for the event, you will get an email with the link and password to watch the film and to the Zoom link to join the discussion. We ask that you watch the film at your convenience before the discussion and join the conversation on Zoom with your thoughts and questions for our speakers on October 18th at 3 pm ET/12 noon PT