From the website JustVision.org:
Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian boy
growing up in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah
in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed
turns 11, his family is forced to give up part of
their home to Israeli settlers, who are leading
a campaign of court-sanctioned evictions to
guarantee Jewish control of the area.
Shortly after their displacement, Mohammed’s
family and other residents begin peacefully
protesting against the evictions, determined
not to lose their homes for good. In a surprising
turn, they are quickly joined by scores of Israeli
supporters who are horrified to see what is being
done in their name. Among them is Jewish
West Jerusalem resident Zvi Benninga and his
sister Sara, who develop a strong relationship
with Mohammed and his family as they
take on a leading role in organizing the protests.
Through their personal stories, My Neighbourhood
goes beyond the sensational headlines that
normally dominate discussions of Jerusalem and
captures voices rarely heard, of those striving for
a shared future in the city.
My Neighbourhood follows Mohammed as he comes
of age in the midst of unrelenting tension and remarkable
cooperation in his backyard. Highlighting Mohammed’s
own reactions to the highly volatile situation,
reflections from family members and other evicted
residents, accounts of Israeli protesters and
interviews with Israeli settlers, the film chronicles
the resolve of a neighbourhood and the support
it receives from the most unexpected of places.
My Neighbourhood is directed and produced by
Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, who documented Mohammed’s
story over two years, and acclaimed filmmaker
Julia Bacha. It is the latest production by Just Vision,
an award-winning team of Palestinian, Israeli,
North and South American filmmakers, journalists
and human rights advocates dedicated to telling
the stories of Israelis and Palestinians working
nonviolently to achieve security, freedom and peace
in the region.
Learn more about Just Vision's award-winning
feature-length documentaries Budrus and Encounter Point.