LAND MINE

Tirtza Even, director

Jorge Gurvich and Tirtza Even, producers

Jorge Gurvich, director of photography

La Strada Inc.

Email teven@saic.edu for more information.

LAND MINE TELLS THE STORY OF ONE APARTMENT-BUILDING IN JERUSALEM. THE LIVES OF THE NINE FAMILIES SHARING THE HOME INTERSECT AT NUMEROUS POINTS, TOGETHER DEPICTING THE CULTURE THE BUILDING FOSTERED, AS WELL AS THAT CULTURE’S ENTROPY IN A LAND DEVASTATED BY ACTS OF MILITARY AGGRESSION AND REPRESSION.

SYNOPSIS FROM THE DIRECTOR, TIRTZA EVEN:

I grew up in Jerusalem in the mid 60s in a three-story apartment building shared by nine families. The building was one of the first houses in the street. In the empty construction plots on which adjacent buildings would later be built, we could often see an Arab stone-mason chiseling a brick by a pile of sand. In the valley framed by the back windows, Bedouin shepherds brought their sheep to graze under the olive trees. Life was fluid, cohesive and bright. Boundary lines seemed porous. The enemy was less clearly defined and not yet systematically denied access.

This virtually carefree childhood was disrupted when I was about ten by a series of unnatural deaths and departures (almost all, of men); a disruption that over time became, for me, emblematic of the loss of innocence and the warped moral orientation of the State of Israel.

Land Mine, a feature length experimental documentary, forms a fragmented assembly of portraits of the men gone, of the women who mourn them, and of the one child who still lives in the building, and who now resides in the very apartment I grew up in. The stories intersect at numerous points, together creating a microcosm of a society prey to the violence of its own defense mechanisms: its Land Mines.   

Land Mine is an IFP Chicago fiscally sponsored project, with additional support provided by the Rabinovich Foundation’s Cinema Project, the Mitchell Enhancement Fund Award and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Enrichment grant.


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