Have you heard of “O Jerusalem”, Elie Chouraqui latest movie? I’m thinking you might not even have heard the name Elie Chouraqui. But I can assure you he is quite well-known on this side of the ocean as a very famous and controversed French producer, actor, director and God knows what else.
You may ask “why all the fuss?”. Well, let me tell you! We hear about Israel all the time in the news, the story’s been going on for more than half a century … -in fact for centuries in various parts of the earth-. But my point is that the latest episod of the (hi)story of the Jewish people is still going on, and the fact is that the whole world has his eyes on it. This, plus the fact that nobody ever succeeded to bring a peaceful solution to this chunk of the Middle-East (not to mention that the Jewish are the people of the Book) should in itself be sufficient to be interested in the subject. The movie “O Jerusalem” starts at the end of WWII. Actually, in 1947, when the British decided they could no longer handle the Palestine case (At that time, Palestine was under a British mandate) and graciously hand it over to the UN… But I won’t spare you the pleasure to discover the rest of the movie nor to do more research on the topic 🙂 I hope that -just like me-you’ll find the movie a fair historical account, interesting enough to get us want to know more.
Alternating between the unique vantage points of the Jews, the Arabs, and the British, director Elie Chouraqui’s historical drama recreates the landmark struggle surrounding the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. From the concrete jungle of New York City to the desert paradise of the Holy Land, two young Americans – one Jewish and the other Arab – are forced to make an incredible series of life altering sacrifices in order to fight for their dreams. As the struggle for control of Jerusalem gets underway, the Jews, Arabs, and Brits must all address such difficult issues as terrorism, politics, courage, and deprivation with a newfound sense of honest and urgency. Drawing inspiration from authors Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre’s bestselling novel of the same name, O Jerusalem offers a textured commentary on a conflict that continues to stir controversy in the 21st Century.
~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide