This year, we offer you a concentrated festival comprising, almost entirely, of original productions that will flood the imagination with additional, possible realities. A festival that curates reality through meticulously produced artworks, expands your mind and also tries, wherever possible, to influence that reality in return. During the three weeks of Mekudeshet 2018—and actually at any given moment—we try to go back to our roots, to the spring or the heart of the city, and to call on everyone who believes—no matter what—to come to Jerusalem, to come find what is sacred for them, to come in peace.Tongues of Fire
A journey along a seamline between music-cinema-Jerusalem-Atlas Mountains
Nomadic female choirs who sing love songs and gangs of men in crowded rooms clap hands at a Gnawa and ceremonial pace from deep within the Atlas Mountains. In the 80s, Izza Genini set out on an incredible journey to document hidden cultures in Morocco. Artist, Amit Hai Cohen, will talk with the Jewish-Moroccan film-maker (who will be with us online from her house in Paris), while screening select clips from her seminal movie series—“Morocco Body and Soul.” In this meeting Yosef Abihatzeira, a renowned paytan from a famous rabbinical family who was born in Morocco. Grew grew up in Paris, passed through America” and finally arrived in the Holy City of Jerusalem. He will perform traditional pieces of the mountain Jews. The evening will end with an excerpt from the doco-cinematic project “Tizgi,” which Amit Hai Cohen created together with friends from his grandmother’s village in Southern Morocco.