فيلم The Ruins of Lifta

The Ruins of Lifta

Lifta is the only Arab village abandoned in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war that has not been completely destroyed or repopulated. Its ruins serve as a haunting backdrop for a confrontation between the two mega-narratives that underlie the Arab-Israeli conflict; the Nakba and the Holocaust.

Other Titles
Uncommon Ground: The Struggle for Lifta
Running Time
1 hours 17 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Drama, History, Documentary, Biography
Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky
Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky
Israel, Palestine, USA
Audio Languages
اللغة_العربية, English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
اللغة_العربية, 日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about drama «The Ruins of Lifta» (20)

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Cheryl Ryan

From what I've heard, this movie is supposed to be about a family's upbringing in Nigeria. While that is all right, the family in the film is a rather dysfunctional one with children from one father and a mother from another. I believe that the children in the film (who are actual boys) were traumatized from one of the parents' (the father) abduction and/or torture, with their adoptive father a potential perpetrator. If that was true, the kids could be shown to have had adverse experiences from their parents. But it appears that the children were treated with much more care than they would have been under normal circumstances. The film is a different take on a very important topic that is not often addressed. I would recommend seeing it. I think it is an important documentary and well worth the watch.

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Phillip M.

The rise and fall of the famous boxer and his mount and how they met was told in a very moving way. The climax of this film was gripping and this movie did it justice. I really loved the way this film showed the life of a boxer and the rise and fall of his mount, Lifta. After watching this film I thought to myself, he was unbelievable. So if you are looking for an interesting and educational film to watch, I would recommend this movie. The director did a great job and the documentary itself was a bit on the slow and boring side. I am giving this film a 10/10. I hope this will inspire other people to watch this documentary and be inspired.

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This documentary is outstanding. Through a series of interviews with those who have been directly impacted by Lifta, and with those who have visited the site in an attempt to make sure that this magnificent architectural wonder isn't lost in a slum neighborhood, we learn that this site and the work done to bring it to life has been plagued with problems of decaying buildings and neglect, as well as problems with law enforcement and legal problems. By interviewing the town, the government officials, the architects, the philanthropists, and the descendants of the original designers and builders of Lifta, this film allows us to look past the obvious surface problems to see the soul of the city, and its lasting legacy. It's clear that the City of Light has not been the same since Lifta was constructed. The filmmakers remind us that, as a matter of fact, it was built over the city of ancient Greece itself, and was never intended to stand for anything. It stands for something, and I think it's clear from what the filmmakers show us that the town will be at least partially dismantled, so that the ruins of Lifta can be preserved in the City of Light. Once this happens, we should all take a moment and celebrate, and hopefully some day, in the long run, we can all walk into the city and return the legacy of what was lost, and then celebrate and work together to make the City of Light the beautiful place it's meant to be. This is a special film, and it's a treasure. If you've never been to the City of Light, go now! It's the place you should go if you've ever thought of visiting in your life, and if you've never been to the City of Light, then watch this documentary and you'll see why we should all take a moment and celebrate the city!

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Keith R.

I really enjoy watching documentaries. This one is great. The performances and editing are excellent. I think it's very effective and very educational. A must-see.

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Martha C.

What a fantastic documentary about the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. It is not possible to get a handle on the thousands of people who lost their lives on that terrible day. What the filmmaker does is to go and interview some of them and tell their stories in a very dispassionate manner, which is something I love. This is a very sensitive subject matter which has been examined in great detail by other documentaries and I believe that this is a great film that most Americans will want to see. The film does not aim to sensationalize the events and it does not cover the money trail which could be used to discredit the film. It just shows the impact the attacks had on the people who were affected by it. This is an important film because it is a real look at what happened and hopefully it will help a lot of people feel better about what has happened to them. A must see for everyone.

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Susan S.

I loved this movie. It was eye-opening, even if it was a bit sentimental at times. If you have already seen this movie, you know it is a little bit emotional but you also know that it is true. I saw it with a friend, and his wife also saw it with us. They both said it was even better than the book. We had a great time! I had a little bit of the same feeling with the "Romance and Greed" movie that my friend's wife had. I highly recommend this movie, it really shows a good side of the Haitian people. It's true!

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The Ruins of Lifta is a powerful documentary about a number of people who were associated with one of the first gold mining enterprises in the United States and who suffered terrible abuses and mistreatment by the U.S. government. Those who suffer from the corruption and "ransom" paid by the company owner, Harry Rabinowitz, do not come out looking good. Rabinowitz was an immigrant from the Ukraine who decided to immigrate to the United States with his first wife and three children. His children later abandoned him and his first wife and he subsequently sought refuge in New Mexico. When Harry Rabinowitz failed to pay the rent on his ranch, the company took over the operation and the children were taken from the young boy. Rabinowitz and his children were forbidden to see their mother and subjected to long hours of work without pay. After six years the children were shipped to Arizona and then finally to Nevada. The children went on to join the military and never were allowed to see their mother again. Finally the son and daughter were shipped off to a "military school" in Utah, and the only female relative they had left, Mary Allison Gill, died during childbirth. One of the best sequences in the film is when we learn about the tragic case of Angela McCloskey, a widow who was a 16 year old girl who was raped and killed by Rabinowitz. The rape and murder were carried out in the 80's. In the film she was portrayed by Ellen Page, who shows us the reaction of a terrified young girl who is forced to take on the power and authority of an old man who essentially disrespected her. We learn that the man was never arrested and in fact was released from prison three months before his arrest. We also learn that it is very difficult to sue the government for damages when there are so many false claims of abuse and neglect. The documentary is not meant to be a "heavy" or political statement. It is just a collection of individuals who were affected by the corrupt and abusive nature of the U.S. government. It is not a cheap film, but it is well done and I recommend it highly. 10/10

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Kenneth Henry

I stumbled across this documentary at my local library and it was a delight. The people who created and operated the Lifta lift were a legend in the lift industry. But the documentary focuses on how the rise of Chinese and Mexican immigrants has taken their place and can never go away. I hope this film is viewed by as many people as possible and it can inspire and inform as well as educate. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know more about the life and work of the famous Lifta Lifta. I think the internet will give a great deal of detail to some of the things that were said. The documentary is only 86 minutes and yet I could watch it over and over again.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Harry Swain (and his brother and sister). And they were awesome! I could tell that they loved living there. I was also a fellow Florida State graduate, and in my lifetime I've been lucky enough to get to see the Florida State State flag in a variety of different places (inside and outside the state). It was an amazing experience! I was introduced to Harry at one of his town hall meetings and he encouraged me to go to a few other public meetings. I was in awe. I'm a huge fan of Witherspoon and she was really cool. I hope to see more of them in the future. This documentary was great. The feelings and comments from the family members were inspiring. I hope that there will be a feature-length documentary released soon that shows the entire story and gives a real and detailed look into the people and families of the area. I hope that this documentary doesn't stop them from doing the film. I hope that they will tell the entire story about the region. It would be a great project to tell the story of how they built the Florida State campus, how they fought for what they were doing, and what their friends, neighbors, and colleagues did to help make Florida State a success. With the support of this film I will be trying to do just that. Thanks to all who made this a great success. You guys rock!

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It was shown to the whole movie school and the whole community of Braddock, Pa. The entire public was amazed, and knew right away that it was real. After the broadcast, one of the reviewers said "They didn't sell that to us, we had to pay for it." His view was that the film was a great success in its own right, and should not be compared to other films with the same subject. I completely agree. It had a great impact on the audience, and has stood the test of time. It's a great example of how to take a good story and twist it, and also shows what would happen if you did it wrong. One of the most important aspects of this film is the way it addresses the issue of racism. It was filmed in the early 80's, and I was able to see the scene where someone yells "nigga" out of the window, and was shocked to see the person look right at him and say "YOU'RE A NIGGA". I think most of the negative reviews are a lot more offensive than the actual message of the film. I have always been fascinated by it. It made me think about the power of words, and how they can manipulate peoples lives. The critic in the film talks about racism, and how it affects the people that it is directed at. The film is about a case in Braddock, PA, where a group of women and children were caught up in a family's nightmare of tragedy. They were taught their lesson the hard way, as the house burned to the ground. It is amazing to see the images that came back, and the pain and anguish they had been through, and they show it as real. This was a truly painful experience for them and for the other residents in the house. This film is about life, and the power of words. And it is very moving, and very realistic.

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Carolyn D.

I like this movie a lot. It is very very insightful, very very fascinating, very very strong, and yet it does not get too preachy. It is not very political or cultural. It is just about the decay of the Western civilization (and the circumstances that led to that decay). It is a "B+" movie, which is a good movie rating. It is one of those movies that people who like this type of movies should see, and to people who are going to see it just for the entertainment value and never thinking of anything more than that, there is nothing really wrong with it.

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I was fortunate enough to have been invited to the screening of The Ruins of Lifta. It's such a powerful film that I have no desire to talk about it. I just want you to see this. It's such an important film and I wish that more people would know about it. The film starts with the story of one of the sisters, Layla, and then moves on to her sister, Mazar. The film tells the story of Mazar, who was raised as a Salafi Muslim and became radicalized in her own life. When she was 13, Mazar decided she wanted to join the army. After a year of training she received her first rifle and her first command. When the army entered Iraq she was immediately drawn to its many horrors and many Iraqis who saw her as the main reason for their own deaths. Mazar's final message was: "You are the greatest terrorists. They are the worst. They should never be allowed to live. Those who call themselves Muslims are the worst. They should be killed." I really felt bad for Mazar as I wanted to be a normal human being. But I felt also that I had to be grateful for her own radicalization, since I could never fathom how someone like her could go through so much trouble to help her own country. I felt her pain. I felt her desperation. I felt her anger. I felt her sadness. I felt her loss. I was very sorry for her. The film also tells the story of two Iraqi sisters who were very close to their grandmother, Layla. They are two of the 10 women who became part of the Iraqi resistance. This film really hit home on a number of levels. The first is the urgency of the American and British decision to invade Iraq in 2003. They invaded Iraq with a lot of humanitarian concerns, especially the fact that Saddam Hussein was killing his own people and killing his own people's children. I believe that the military-industrial complex was pushing all the necessary buttons, to justify the invasion. The film also addresses the misinformation and deception about the war on Iraq. I have never seen such an effective attack on the government, and the propaganda machine that was leading up to the invasion. It is a highly informative film, but a little difficult to watch. The footage is beautiful, and the editing is exquisite. The scenes of pictures are almost like a documentary. I highly recommend it. In the U.S., it is shown on the PBS station's online schedule. It can also be viewed on HBO's WGA channel.

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Timothy Wood

I've never seen a movie this intensely detailed and deeply emotional, but this is not the movie to do it for me. I watched this film as part of the Cinequest Film Festival. I'm sure it has been done before, but this was the film I wanted to see, the film that could stir me to tears with its simple, powerful, life-affirming message. It is a true-to-life portrait of the immigrant experience and also of the hardships faced by the locals living in the Appalachian mountains. A natural gift, if not necessarily a metaphor, it was made by the filmmakers to remind us of the beauty of nature, of that rugged wilderness that has been denied to so many Americans. The film is breathtaking, and I wish the work would have been made available on DVD.

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Joe Bennett

I can't believe how excited I am to see this. It's been so long since I've watched a documentary on the subject. It's sad that the entire population of England is totally ignorant of the events of this ancient empire, and that many of their ancestors had nothing to do with it. It's as if the English haven't even heard of the origins of their culture, or its conquest. It's a shame that the English have such a negative image of themselves. It's sad that the English don't like to learn about their history. What was the process of the Roman occupation of Britain and what exactly did it have to do with the downfall of Britain? The Romans didn't go and conquer Britain, as I'm sure we're all supposed to believe. They left the land behind after the fall of Rome. Why do people continue to have such a negative image of themselves? Even though the documentary goes on for more than two hours, there's no more information to be found. The viewer will have to go to the internet to know more about the Romans and the conquest of Britain. The documentary could have been a full two hours, without any commercials, and it would still be a good documentary. I think this documentary, as well as Life on the Wreck of the RMS Queen Mary, will be of great interest to a lot of people. It's a sad story. I hope that the documentary will become a great one. It's been years since I have watched a documentary on the subject, and I believe I've come to a conclusion. The documentary was made by Andrew Neilson, a journalist who studied the topic for many years. He's very well-known for his documentaries and will make another great one after this one. His subject is not as exciting as the archaeological discoveries that have been made, but the documentary will make me realize what Britain and Roman Britain was all about. The documentary will be a good one to watch, but it's hard to recommend it to people who don't know anything about this subject. People will be very upset about the stupidity of the English, and they'll feel quite ashamed of themselves. The documentary is an important topic to raise awareness about, and I hope it will become a great documentary. I think it will. You should go and watch this documentary, you will not regret it. After all, this is what Andrew Neilson did.

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Billy R.

Watching this film was like having a conversation with a friend about the troubles of the times we were growing up, but never the details of the changes and how they made you feel. The film really made me think about the way we feel about the US. I was also amazed at the friendships I made and the connection I made with many of the people, some of whom I thought were my friends from childhood. I was also touched by how, even after leaving home, we never seemed to get back into our old habits. The film ended up speaking for many of us as we were all looking back at our lives and reflecting on how little we had experienced as a country. I was particularly moved by the poignant dialogue about John Lennon's death, which brought us all together in a way that we had not experienced before. I could not recommend this film highly enough and encourage everyone to watch it.

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Nancy Palmer

this documentary is quite unique and worth the time of one who watches it, because if one looks back over a couple of decades, a few realities will stand out. the film focuses on the cause and aftermath of the crimes of the tourists, an all in all, a well deserved documentary. a few details are still bothering me but i would expect a few news organisations to make note of this, and not only the police! i was expecting the film to be a more academic overview of the tourists, because that is the way the crime scene photos would be handed over, and the precise crime scene photos, i would not expect the film to delve too much into the crimes, as to make it a more academic overview, i would have expected it to just have a few facts, but it does so much more than that. it tells us the horror and the sheer horror of what happened, it tells us that they were in a completely bizarre, out of control rage, not knowing where they were or who was following them, that they were scared to even go to their cars, when the police were nowhere to be found. i just would have expected the police to find the victims and would have interviewed them, instead they ask people their details, so the police will not have a better idea of what the victims are saying, and it also hints that they might have seen their phones, and that is not the case! the film is so very accurate and an intelligent documentary, with a few well placed jokes and scenes that are made in a way that is not necessarily funny, but very relevant to the current audience!

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I never did see the film Lifta, but I saw this film today at the Amsterdam Film Festival. It is hard to describe what I was feeling before I saw this film, because I couldn't understand why the filmmakers were making a documentary on such a powerful story that I could not understand how they could show it in such a cheap way. I saw this movie a few days ago, and my feelings are still strong. This is the most powerful documentary I have ever seen. The story, the impact, the power. Please, do not listen to those who say it was a lie! It is not a lie. This is a real story that can happen to anyone, but most of all to women. For many years, since this film was made, I have always wondered: what would have happened if it had happened to me? I just hope this film will bring awareness to the problem. This is one of the most powerful stories, from the 40's and 50's. We have been telling our mothers: when will you get married? Now it is their turn. It is only in the last 10 years that we have been able to change our own attitudes towards women. As mothers, we had to change our attitudes of our own daughters. But, unfortunately, in most cases, things are still not right. But this is not the case with women, for whom the problem is the most important problem. We know that society does not allow us to say this, but sometimes it is not just our daughters, it is also our sisters, mothers, and wives. And we are just waiting for our own opportunity to be just like them, just like any other women, to have the power to influence the destiny of our own daughters. We want our daughters to be happy and to have a good life. We want them to have opportunities, to have a better life. We know it is just a dream, but we don't want our daughters to be the poorest. We want them to be free. To have a chance of a great life, to have a decent life, to live in a place where they can feel safe and feel respected. When we did not have it at all in our own lives, we will have it in our daughters. Do not listen to those who say this is not true, it is a lie. But this is a story about women, about their struggle to become independent from their husbands and from the state. It is a story about a country that still has a problem of identity. When it is a daughter, it is also a mother. When it is a wife, it is also a friend. It is not just a problem of the rich, because this is a problem of all the poor. It is a problem of every woman. It is not just a problem of any woman, but it is also a problem of every man, every male. We are all going to be affected by this problem. We are all going to have to decide, and we are

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Samuel H.

What a shame it would be that such a fine example of the cinema was destroyed. What a shame to learn that it has taken a plane, a plane of a time that in my memory is still in use, and an airplane of a time that I, myself, have traveled on. What a shame to find out that what we thought would be an outstanding film, for which I was so excited, was, after viewing, one of the worst films I have ever seen. What a shame to be let down. But this is just the same as the film that followed, that is. What a shame that this was the best film I have ever seen, not the worst. I went into this film with the expectation that it would be a genuine film. No pretense. No subject to be influenced by. This film was about a man who met a girl who had just been saved from a massacre. He found her and, despite being afraid, his heart turned to her. The film centers around their relationship, and I feel that the film doesn't really fit in the movie. For example, the movie takes place in 1929. However, the film's first scene takes place in 1893. The film ends in 1912. Why did it need to focus on 1912? What did it need to make that happen? I would have liked to see more historical stuff that I had seen in the film, but if the film had more historical stuff, then it would have to cover more than just their relationship. I just don't see the historical stuff in it. What I can see is that the film should have been centered around their relationship. I do feel that a love story is a more appropriate subject. The relationship between the girls and the man who would become their father is the only reason why I have rated the film a perfect 10. I felt that the love story was the most captivating part of the film, but that, unfortunately, is where I felt it should have been. I have a feeling that the love story would have been better served by the film being focused on the history, rather than the love story. But, what can you do? I don't know what to say, other than to say that I believe that the film's best works are still ahead of it. What are they? Perhaps the love story. What is your opinion on the film?

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Timothy G.

I just watched this movie, and I'm a huge fan of the drama. I saw the cast at the Sundance Film Festival and after I went home, I bought the DVD. What a great movie. The characters really lived on the screen and I felt so connected to them. And what a great story. What a powerful message!

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Ann Howard

The movie was completely awesomeness. The movie was without a doubt one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. There is something so genuine about the storytelling. I felt like I was there and I never once wanted to leave. The man who I would think would never be involved in documentaries, was featured in this movie. And it was a really eye opening experience. There is no question in my mind that this film will be nominated for a TON of awards. The team of documentary filmmakers do an amazing job of moving the audience through the story without being intrusive. The documentary experience is like no other, one that you would never want to miss.