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Jerusalem film school offers camera’s-eye view of the holy city

Viewers invited to take a tour of three parts of the capital through short dramatic films created by Ma’aleh student filmmakers

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

From 'Sister of Mine,' a Maaleh Film School short featured in the school's digital tour of Jerusalem (Courtesy Maaleh)
From 'Sister of Mine,' a Maaleh Film School short featured in the school's digital tour of Jerusalem (Courtesy Maaleh)

With few tourists in Jerusalem at the moment, Maaleh School of Television, Film and Arts, known for its films and TV shows highlighting the intersection between Judaism and modern life, has found another way to bring the unique aspects of the holy city to viewers.

The digital tour, hosted by a local, English-speaking tour guide, brings viewers to three sections of the city, as seen through three short films made by Maaleh students.

The areas highlighted in the films are the women’s section of the Western Wall; the Mahane Yehuda market and downtown Jerusalem; and some ultra-Orthodox areas.

Each film, subtitled in English, offers a unique, creative look at the city.

“Wall, Crevice, Tear” offers a glimpse of the different worshipers at the Western Wall over the course of minutes, hours and a day.

“Sister of Mine” is about ultra-Orthodox arranged marriages, and what happens when one bride realizes there is something strange about her upcoming wedding.

“Getting Serious” is a romantic comedy about a young man who decides to become more religious in order to attract a young woman, but things get complicated when she realizes the differences between them.

Interested viewers can find and download the films by joining the Maaleh VOD section of the Maaleh website.

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