Spotlight Film: East Jerusalem / West Jerusalem


Tuesday, November 17
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: The Gershman Y
Premiere Status: Philadelphia Premiere
Directors: Henrique Cymerman and Erez Miller
Genre: Documentary
Country: Israel
Year: 2014
Running Time: 80 min
Languages: English, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles


“What’s so funny ’bout peace, love, and understanding?” asks David Broza, an Israeli singer-songwriter and humanitarian, who cut the famed Nick Lowe cover in a Palestinian recording studio with the Jerusalem Youth Choir, a group consisting of both Israeli and Palestinian teenagers. The song appears on his album, East Jerusalem / West Jerusalem, a co-production conceived by Broza and American recording artist Steve Earle, which features guest vocals by session musicians from all over Israel. For eight days and eight nights, Broza, Earle, and his talented cohorts – including the sensational Arab Israeli singer-songwriter Mira Awad and the rap duo G-Town – jammed, recorded, and shared their stories in the tight confines of East Jerusalem’s famed Sabreen Studio. More than just a chronicle of an album being made, Cymerman’s and Miller’s incredible behind-the-music documentary, EAST JERUSALEM / WEST JERUSALEM, is the story of bridge building across so-called enemy lines. Whether it’s Broza waxing philosophical at a longtime friend’s East Jerusalem home, or teaching kids how to play drums on upside-down buckets in the Shuafat refugee camp, EAST JERUSALEM / WEST JERUSALEM shows what can happen when art is allowed to transcend politics.

Special Guest: Singer-Songwriter David Broza will play 3 to 5 songs following the audience Q & A. The evening will conclude with a CD signing by Broza. East Jerusalem / West Jerusalem CDs will be available for pre-purchase online, as well as after the show.

If you are a single ticket buyer and would like to purchase a ticket to a Private Wine and Cheese Reception with David Broza before the screening of EAST JERUSALEM / WEST JERUSALEM, click here. The ticket to the private reception taking place from 6 to 7 pm in the Gershman Y chapel includes admission to the film.

If you are a Sponsor, Supporter, VIP, or Festival Passholder, you may also purchase a ticket to the Private Wine and Cheese Reception with David Broza by clicking here. Since you already have access to the film screening, when choosing your price point, choose “reception only.”

Community Partners: Camp Ramah, DoubleTree by Hilton, El Al, Israel Bonds, Israeli Consulate of Philadelphia