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(156) 7.3 77 min 2016

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.

Genres
Drama, History, Biography, Documentary
Director
Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky

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Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Drama, History, Biography, Documentary
Director Menachem Daum, Oren Rudavsky
Writer Oren Rudavsky, Menachem Daum
Country Israel, Palestine, USA
Also Known As Uncommon Ground: The Struggle for Lifta
Runtime 1H 17M

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Saturday, 27 Jun 2020 03:40

I'm a dentist. When I heard about the survivors of the 1998 Haiti earthquake, I was heartbroken. As it was the first time I'd been to Haiti, I thought it would be another one of those "one in a million" disasters. To my surprise, it was worse than I expected. The destruction of Haiti's economy and infrastructure led to a humanitarian crisis that affected every city in Haiti. It was a very short time later that we were back in the U.S. with the relief efforts. However, as I learned more about the various situations in Haiti, I realized the extent to which the country was truly broken. It was a good thing that the victims of the Haiti earthquake were brought to the U.S. to speak to the cameras. It is still hard for many people to believe that it was the American government that turned a blind eye to the genocide that was happening in Haiti. Not only was the U.S. complicit in the misery in Haiti, but the U.S. government's response in response to the crisis was to be about the business of making money. We built roads and bridges, but it was all for the American people. But when it comes to the humanitarian crisis, the U.S. government is still more interested in helping those that can afford it. It's a double standard that isn't ideal for those of us who want to do something for others. The response to the United Nations Relief Mission to Haiti in April 2000 was spectacular. However, the government of Haiti rejected the millions in U.S. aid because of the huge cost of keeping the RIO Grande helicopter (known in Haiti as a "Canoe") operational. They did however allow some RIO Grande helicopters to remain in Haiti. Why was the government so concerned with the helicopter? They wouldn't allow the RIO Grande helicopters to stay in Haiti if they were going to have them sent back. The American response in the summer of 2000 was even more inept and insensitive. When the U.S. military left Haiti to go to Iraq, the Haitian military had to go to war with the country's armed forces. It was reported that they'd all but eliminated the country's armed forces. That was some 40,000 military men and boys that had been set up to protect their people. In fact, the military presence was so significant that the U.S. government sent 7 Special Forces teams into Haiti. The U.S. military didn't stay in Haiti after the troops left. The relief effort was divided in two steps: the first was to repair the damage caused by the earthquake. Then the next step was to rebuild the economy. During the second part of the relief effort, the Haitian government decided to
Tuesday, 09 Jun 2020 09:42

The Ruins of Lifta: A tour through the land of earthquake and seismic devastation. The makers of this documentary include those involved with the 2004 M9 quake in Nepal. The filming and editing of the film took place on location in Kathmandu. The epicenter of the quake was in the Garhwal Valley. There are shots of the rubble being cleared, the streets of Kathmandu being blocked, and mud being dumped from the streets into the sky. The film opens with interviews with top Nepali officials. The official who works with the international disaster relief agency UNICEF is Dr. Kishore Bishnoi, a physician and the President of Nepal. He describes the devastating effects of the earthquake. He tells of the destruction of homes, livestock, and houses. There are a few scenes of people taking refuge in a restaurant. It is very chilling. The director has traveled to Nepal to document the aftermath of the earthquake and says he hopes that the disaster will be his "documentary". He continues to show the effects on the children and the grandparents. He interviews victims, aid workers, and locals. He is accompanied by two film crews. The first is a woman in her fifties who has lost her husband and is deeply traumatized by what she saw. She also lost her child and lost her house in the earthquake. She has flashbacks and nightmares of the earthquake. The second crew is composed of a group of college students who were the first on the scene of the disaster. They were some of the first to evacuate the city and are going through the harrowing process of regaining their humanity. He is getting numerous reels of film from the filming of the earthquake. They also have footage of the earthquake from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab. This film is a testimony to the tragedy of human nature and how helpless people can be and how vulnerable they can become. The filmmaker is the top earthquake expert in the country. He has talked to everyone from top government officials to volunteers. He gives his assessment on the cause of the earthquake. He says that the cause is probably not in the Himalayas, but in the fault lines, or faults. He does not say it was the fault lines. It is probably the fault lines in Nepal, but the fault lines are there. The fault lines act like the generators of earthquakes. The fault lines connect with the ground causing shaking and a shaking of the ground that produces an earthquake. Dr. Bishnoi concludes that the fault lines must be very weak and may have never existed, but he is not convinced. The fault lines act like generators and can destroy a city, or they can be strong enough to be in an area of the Earth and act as generators of an
Monday, 08 Jun 2020 08:11

I have always been a big fan of Arturo Sandoval. I think he's a great artist, and he's always given me a great laugh and never failed to entertain me. But his life was so mysterious, and I really don't understand why. When I watched this documentary, I became more and more concerned with what was going on with his wife, and how she could be neglectful. Finally I began to understand what I had missed all these years. The documentary really takes you to the emotional level and helps you to understand what this woman was going through. Then it makes you more concerned about the others that were being neglected by their own wives, and this makes you think about that, too. The documentary was also very very interesting. I was very surprised that the narrator and the narrator's wife were all Mexican women. I didn't expect that at all, and I was also surprised that they were really all very independent. The narrator was very good at giving us the background information on the other women, and the documentary also made it clear that the women were raising their kids on their own and were actually only married to their own husbands for some time. These women actually were not neglectful at all and very considerate of their own children. Overall, I liked the documentary very much. It gave me a different perspective on the case of this woman and really made me think about the importance of supporting women who are in trouble. It was very informative and made me understand why Arturo Sandoval had the work that he did. I highly recommend this documentary to everyone, because it will keep you interested from beginning to end.
Thursday, 28 May 2020 15:04

One of the few documentaries on life in the Gulag system, narrated by notable actor and cultural critic Fyodor Dostoevsky. The documentary shows the dramatic events of the Gulag system, and how all those who were at the top were willing to do anything for the prestige, and a great life they enjoyed for years on the top. The movie was also made for the use in the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, who would go on to manipulate it's ideology to those in power. There are some scenes that speak to the abuses and humiliation that were actually inflicted on the people. I enjoyed the documentary so much, because I was a human being on the same line of thinking that it was actually wrong and people would do anything for the prestige and they would do anything to stay in their position, so much so that a man would refuse to shower for a month, put their nails through the barbed wire and keep running a dog leash along their necks. There were stories of surviving on one meal a day, literally, and were kept in such a small space that had to cook food for the entire class of people in the camps. In a culture where freedom and mind was so important to people, this was a shock to me to see what people were subjected to. Although these stories of starvation, how it changed people's lives, that could be told in such a way that people could identify with it, the movie showed a different side of life and showed how it affected people, and it was well done. I would recommend the documentary to anyone interested in the subject, as it is an important story, and does a good job of portraying a different side of a subject.
Sunday, 10 May 2020 21:05

The poor and people of western nations can only live in their own mirage. This is a great movie because of the accuracy of the history. All the filmmakers were good to make this great movie. What happened is happened in every country. We should never forget that. Some countries are very good but many are poor. Sometimes the government runs a big corruption that makes a lot of people unhappy. Most of the time, corruption is made by the upper class. And this is not just in Russia but in countries like Australia and the U.S. I mean if you don't like the rich, you must look at the wealth of this film because they are good. There is another hidden society in the earth that is stealing the stuff they need and taking from the poor and poor. It is not their fault. But this is an important movie because it shows the truth of history. And it is only in America that this is not widely known. Now people can be informed about the crimes of the rich and of the state of poor people, and can take action against these crimes. I must warn people to do the same thing in their own country because it is much more dangerous. It is also dangerous that poor people don't know what is going on in their country and can not make a difference. In any case, I recommend this film to everyone. I must tell people to go see it and see it over and over again. Don't miss this movie. A big part of our existence is based on lies. That's why people hate it, because the truth cannot be seen in our lives.
Tuesday, 05 May 2020 15:26

Evaluating the vastness of this tragedy is a daunting task, especially in a television environment, which is dominated by television and its focus on the lowest common denominator. But, on occasion, one can draw a ray of hope and clarity to a story that has gone from the cutting room floor to a central piece of the art gallery of the current generation. Lifta's story of being a child in the concentration camps is made visible through the unflinching eyes of a true survivor, but ultimately the focus is on the rescue of this family. For the most part, the filming of the story is close-up, but this is made up by the fact that the camera is set up at a distance of the rest of the story, or even an event. This almost forces the viewer to be part of the family, with the camera bouncing around and up close. The dialogue is also free form, but one gets the feeling the characters have a sense of their own family's story. This may be an unfair criticism, but I think it is valid. The film highlights the life of the four families on the same scale, the same type of concentration camp, from the eerieness of the camp to the immaturity of the children. One can really feel the sense of displacement and uncertainty that the concentration camps created in the children, while the boys and girls alike struggled through life, their attitudes and experiences changing as they moved through the camps. This is highlighted in the film by the way that the children are referred to by their number, regardless of whether or not they are the same age. I felt as though the boys and girls had always been so different, and that it was their father's story of survival that made this family. The film also gives the viewer a sense of what it must have been like to have survived, but never actually hears from the survivors directly. They all speak about the last time they saw their loved ones alive, but this was never followed by the actual words of a survivor. While the film does the best to capture the sheer horror of the camps, the story is also beautifully told through the characters' perspectives. And even if the film does not reach the dramatic heights of the Holocaust, it is still a brilliant story that deserves to be told.


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