Directed by Amos Gitai
Year: 1986
Country: Israel, Austria, U.K.
Language: Hebrew with English Subtitles

The story of Queen Esther, who in the Old Testament rescued the Jews from imminent slaughter by her husband King Ashasuerus, is made vividly relevant to the present-day cycle of vengefulness between Israel and its enemies. Amos Gitai’s debut feature, which draws upon his mother Efratia’s own Biblical scholarship, is filmed as a series of ritualized tableaux amid the ruins of Wadi Salib, the contested Arab neighborhood of Haifa.

Shmuel Wolf
Simone Benyamini
Juliano Mer-Khamis
Zare Vartanian
Mohammad Bakri

Directed by Amos Gitai
Writers Amos Gitai and Stephane Levine