Holy Zoo

  • The Mute's House


Cinearts at Palo Alto Square Wed, Jul 27, 2016 12:50 PM
Castro Theatre Thu, Jul 28, 2016 4:10 PM
Roda Theatre Fri, Jul 29, 2016 4:05 PM
Film Info
Director(s):Katharina Waisburd
Editor(s):Ina Tangermann
Cinematographer:Tilman Holzhauer
Screenwriter(s):Denise Neustadt
Year of Production:2016
Running Time:60 min.
w/ English subtitles
Premiere Status:World
Genre-Subject:Documentary Feature
Jews and Muslims


In Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo, Israelis and Palestinians work alongside one another to tend to the elephants, crocodiles and rhinos. Inevitably, tensions within and across animal species reflect themselves in the mostly good-natured, always edgy interactions between employees, who lead regular tours of schoolchildren through the zoo’s grounds. Comprised of Jewish and Muslim students, these tours are always led separately, and each group learns different details about the same animals, stories which are constructed to reflect the glories and struggles of the children’s distinct yet neighboring cultures. Katharina Waisburd’s keen eye results in a sensitively shot film, offering an unforgettable and innovative glimpse into the current conflict in the Holy Land. —Zoe Pollak

Preceded by The Mute’s House, Dir. Tamar Kay

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