«Though I’m right next to him, I cannot call the sea, my neighbor.»
RESEARCH + VIDEO LOG
ISRAEL, PALESTINE, 2014-2016
NZAR OF ACRE
Nzar Khoury lives in Acre, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. His parents lived there, as did the parents of his parents. Today, the hometown of his family is partially deserted, besieged by real estate speculation and expulsion.
Located in the coastal region of northern Israel, Acre has been the spoils of conquest of Egyptian pharaohs, Crusaders, Muslims, Mamluks, Ottomans, British and Jewish armies alike. This short film portrays one of the thousands of life stories affected by gentrification and expulsion in Acre, which disproportionately harms the Muslim and Christian communities in the area.
This documentary is a project of biographical interview and memorial record, where I follow Nzar in his drifts, through narrow passages and memories, crossing streets and stories passed down from generation to generation, trying to preserve everything that is about to be lost.