East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem
The documentary East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem chronicles the eight days and eight nights Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza spent in 2013 recording his album East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem in the East Jerusalem studio of the acclaimed Palestinian band Sabreen. The documentary not only captures Broza’s collaborations with Israeli and Palestinian singers and musicians on a mostly English-language album of originals and covers but offers insights from both Israelis and Palestinians on their life and experiences in a divided Jerusalem. The cameras also follow Broza to the Palestinian refugee camp that was the home of one of the album’s contributors, hip hop artists Muhammad Mughrabi of G-Town. Steve Earle also is a predominant figure in the documentary as the album’s co-producer. Steve Earle’s “Jerusalem” is one of the songs Broza covers on the album along with Pink Floyd’s “Mother,” Timmy Thomas’ “Why Can’t We Live Together” and “(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding,” which Nick Lowe wrote and Elvis Costello popularized. Broza also wrote the album’s title track with Wyclef Jean. The Austin Jewish Film Festival will screen East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Stateside at the Paramount with singer-songwriter David Broza in attendance for a post-screening Q&A and an acoustic mini-set.
Aired: Jan. 21, 2016
Web sites: http://www.davidbroza.net/en/ and http://shalomaustin.org/