Previously at the ICA - Films
5 Nov 2006
Dir Amos Gitai, Israel 1980, 51 minutes, Arabic/Hebrew with English subtitles
One of Gitai's first documentaries and by no means the last to provoke controversy, House tells the story of a house in West Jerusalem owned by a Palestinian family until 1948, then requisitioned by the Israeli government as 'vacant'.
House was one of the pioneering Israeli documentaries to introduce a Palestinian perspective to the conflict, touching upon one of the great taboos: the effects of the 1948 war on the Palestinians. At the time of its release, and despite being produced by Israeli Television its broadcasting was banned.
Dir Amos Gitai, Israel/France/Belgium 2005, 96 minutes, Arabic/Hebrew/English/French with English subtitles.
In the last film in a trilogy spanning over three decades, the microcosm that was presented in House is expanded as Gitai follows the different diasporas connected to a Jerusalem house.
This multiple perspective works like an intriguing collage, forming a fascinating picture of people, nations and histories more deeply inter-connected than one might expect, through the intimate place that is home.
Filmmaker Amos Gitai will present the films and attend a post screening discussion with the audience.