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I AM IN JERUSALEM


Directed by | Mona Jaridi

Genre documentary  |  Length: 37mins  |  Year of production: 2007


I Am In Jerusalem explores life in occupied Jerusalem through the eyes of an elevenyearold boy named Abdullah. When Abdullah visits Jerusalem for the first time, the film follows him as he encounters people of various religions, ages, and professions, having spontaneous conversations with each of them. Those he meets express their thoughts about Jerusalem. At one point Abdullah tries to enter the Al Aqsa Mosque in order to pray but is prevented from doing so by Israeli forces. In being deprived of this basic right, he begins to experience the harsh realities of life in occupied Jerusalem. Mona Jaridi’s film provides an intimate portrait of everyday life in Jerusalem through Palestinian eyes. As such it also points to a growing sadness as young Abdullah comes to realise the extent of the occupation’s impact on his liberties. I Am In Jerusalem won first prize at the 13th Arab Radio and Television Union Festival in Tunisia.