A Tramway in Jerusalem

A Tramway in Jerusalem

Ra'ckevet Kalah
2018
94 minutes
Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Italian & Yiddish
Directed by:
Amos Gitai

On a tramway that connects several of Jerusalem’s neighborhoods from East to West, people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds are brought together. From the Palestinian neighborhoods of Shuafat and Beit Hanina to Mount Herzl, the journey encompasses the culturally complex makeup of the city. Amos Gitai’s humorous and touching film, whose cast includes Mathieu Amalric and Hana Laslo, hinges on a series of encounters along the line: simple, mundane interactions that reveal the diverse mosaic of humanity that exists in the spiritual center of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Beneath the clashes and grievances among its population that the world sees, Jerusalem is a city teeming with everyday life, and the small conflicts and reconciliations depicted in “A Tramway in Jerusalem” offer a kernel of hope in a society torn by political strife. The Hollywood Reporter writes: “This open-ended portrait of Israeli society brings an array of entertaining actors together to talk, sing, harass and comfort each other aboard a means of public transportation that becomes a homey metaphor for the state of the country.”

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