Symbols can be powerful things. Such is the subject of Cinema Libre’s Jan. 28 DVD debut of documentary filmmakers Gina Angelone, Patrick Stewart and Mouna Stewart’s It’s Better to Jump.
In the northern most reaches of Israel is the ancient city of Acre or Akka (Arabic), which has been continuously occupied — plus conquered and re-conquered — for over 3,500 years. It has been a literal crossroads of cultures — name a Mediterranean or Asia Minor power from antiquity and they’ve been and left their mark.
The symbol that the filmmakers have used to describe the city — and it’s cultural diversity — is the remains of the ancient seawall, a massive structure that juts out into the Mediterranean.
For the locals, despite signs that read “Do Not Jump,” it has become both a symbol of life and something of a rite of passage for many of those of Palestinian heritage. It is a political statement as well as one of culture, religion and even of “resistance.”
It may seem a simple thing. Even a dangerous thing to do, but as we discover from the people that we meet in It’s Better to Jump, this simple and dangerous thing — jumping into the unforgiving sea — has great meaning.
Bonus features include additional interviews not used in the final cut of the documentary.
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