Mea Shearim – A Vanished World Resurected
I filmed 3 years ago in Mea Shearim, in the most religious neighborhood in Jerusalem for nearly 6 months for my own project. I have been always fascinated by this neighborhood not only because the people over there preserve a lifestyle that is hundreds of years old but also because of its controversy that it generates in Israeli society in particular and in the worldwide media in general. I was always curious who are these people over there behind their ‘black & white’ lifestyle.
One thing that was very surprising to me is when I heard how many filmmakers and TV crews tried actually to film in this neighborhood and were thrown out and sometimes severely hurt by the people because the people in Mea Shearim don’t like film crews to come into their neighborhood.
I don’t know why, but I was very well accepted overthere with my little Panasonic DVX 102 camera. They kind of saw me as their own and therefore I had a tremendous access into that world. I followed along with a Rabbi who showed me around in the neighborhood and gave me deep access to dozens of people and families. The plan was to make a full feature documentary. I funded this project so far on my own but unfortunately I was not able to continue with this project because of lack of funds. I approached several producers and people in the industry but I guess its something challenging to excite other producers about this topic.
Its a shame because its a very rare and unique situation that I have this access and trust of these people to get close to them and to be able to film them.
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