HOME FRONT: PORTRAITS FROM SHEIKH JARRAH
Since 2008, dozens of Palestinian residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah have been evicted from their homes and displaced by Israeli settlers. With Israeli courts largely backing the settlers’ claims, hundreds of others now face the same threat.
In response, Israeli supporters from increasingly diverse backgrounds are joining Palestinian residents in their ongoing protests against the evictions. Though these two communities live only minutes away from one another, this is often the first significant amount of time they have spent together.
Getting beyond the sensational headlines and broad generalizations that normally dominate discussions of Jerusalem, Home Front captures voices rarely heard, of those striving for a shared future in the city.
Featuring the accounts of a Palestinian teenager forced to share his house with settlers, an American-born Israeli mother who gets drawn into the demonstrations after her children’s arrest, a Palestinian community organizer who brings local women to the forefront of the struggle, and a veteran of the Israeli army who becomes one of the campaign’s leaders, Home Front chronicles the resolve of a neighborhood, and the support it receives from the most unexpected of places.
Produced by Just Vision, the award-winning team that created Budrus and Encounter Point. Directed by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, and written by Julia Bacha.