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Controversial film to be shown at JC3

By Carole Stone


CHESMA

Breathtaking, sweeping, yet personalThe Washington Post

Fiercely insists that peace is possibleTikkun Magazine

Aaron Davidman’s Wrestling Jerusalem is an act of faith. A smartly written solo show about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; it trusts in the power of the human voice and the capacity of the human heart. It demonstrates the belief that listening to one another’s stories can change the way we move throughout the world. That, more than anything else, is its reason for being.

In a tour-de-force performance, writer-actor Aaron Davidman conjures a host of different characters while seeking answers to the conflict. Davidman takes a multidimensional journey into the heart of the Middle East and the intersection of politics, identity, and spiritual yearning. He embodies and gives voice to 17 different characters on all sides of the existential divide, deftly moving between male and female, Jewish and Muslim, Israeli and Arab, modeling what it takes for one to truly bear witness through the eyes of the other. Challenging long-held beliefs with sharp and unblinking observation, Davidman finds entrenched isolation and shared humanity in the shifting moral compasses and competing narratives of all his characters.

The first words in the film are “It is complicated,” and Davidman doesn’t pretend to simplify the subject with his first-person look at politics, animosities, and hope in the Middle East. Davidman, himself an American Jew with an emotional connection to Israel but with a questioning view of its policy, moves from one character to the next, among them a Palestinian woman who works for the UN, an officer in the Israeli Special Forces, an unapologetic Israeli settler, and the Palestinian father of a teen who became disabled by an Israeli soldier’s bullet. He draws inevitable, troubling parallels between the West Bank’s barrier walls and guard towers and the fate of European Jews. He addresses directly the ways that people conflate personal bias and political philosophy. A work of unsentimental optimism, Wrestling Jerusalem gives the viewer plenty to wrestle with. Wrestling Jerusalem will be presented and shown by Aaron Davidman on Sunday, January 28 at 4pm at the JC3.

 

Film

Wrestling Jerusalem

By Aaron Davidman

Sun, Jan 28, 4pm

Jewish Cultural and Community

Center of San Miguel de Allende

Moras 47, Colonia Allende

150 pesos members/200 pesos nonmembers

 

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