The filmmakers wish to acknowledge the contribution of Avraham Burg’s courageous book The Holocaust is Over: We Must Rise From Its Ashes.
“Lifta’s Ruins succeeds as a personally honest and politically provocative documentary. It makes me think of the wonderful line that Jean Renoir speaks in his film Rules of the Game, ‘There’s only one terrible thing in this world, that everyone has his reasons.'”
Annette Insdorf, Columbia University Film Professor, author of Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust
“A personal, self-questioning encounter with the myths of history that measures the abyss between Palestinians and Jews, and between the two contending nations and peace; “a site of memory” whose history has for too long been erased; a profoundly searching and moving inquiry into the collective and personal past of Arabs and Jews; an ethical testimony marked by visual beauty and emotional poignancy, and a place where the ongoing tragedy, of Israel/Palestine continues to be reenacted.”
Marc Kaminsky, author of Shadow Traffic
“A painful, powerful and problematic film that dares to go into the ruins of a Palestinian village strategically situated on the road to Jerusalem and the conflicting claims of memories that divide Jews and Palestinians. It boldly believes that the commonality of our collective humanity can heal wounds and bridge divisions, a message that is all the more urgent because it is all the more absent in the world today.”
Michael Berenbaum, author After Tragedy and Triumph
“To the great credit of its creators, The Ruins of Lifta offers no pat dialogue-based solution to the crises of the region.”
George Robinson, The Jewish Week
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The mega-narratives underlying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are pitted against each other by a Holocaust survivor and a Nakba refugee who meet in the haunting ruins of Lifta, the only Arab village emptied in 1948 that has not been completely destroyed or repopulated by Jews.