A City With No Pity

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A City With No Pity

How would you feel returning to your hometown and discovering it’s become a center of drug-trafficking? How would you feel if you found out that your city has a 5,000 year-old history, most of it hidden underground? And what happens when the city’s everyday reality becomes a mirror image of life in the entire country? Tsipi Reibenbach left the city of Lydda/Lod in 1977, a war widow and mother to a little girl, and now returns to shoot a film about a city where Jews, Muslims and Christians live in a plethora of sounds and colors: the Muezzin’s call, the ringing of the church bells, and the bustling market. However, a violent and hostile urban ruin is now a surrealistic reality as Palestinian terrorism rises and Lydda/Lod, a city with no pity, becomes a microcosm of the conflicts and difficulties throughout Israel.

Festivals and Awards:

Berlinale Forum Selection, 2003; HotDocs Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2003;  DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel,  2003; San Antonio Jewish Film Festival, 2010.

Director: Tsipi Reibenbach

Producer: Tsipi Reibenbach

Cinematographer: Nili Atslan, Ofer Harari, Dani Barnea, Ron Apter, Haim Tabak, Guy Refael

Editor: Stefany Abramovitch, Rivka Yogev

Supporter(s): A production of "the Joint Social Fund" established by NFCT and The Second Television and Radio Authority

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: עיר ללא רחמים

How would you feel returning to your hometown and discovering it’s become a center of drug-trafficking? How would you feel if you found out that your city has a 5,000 year-old history, most of it hidden underground? And what happens when the city’s everyday reality becomes a mirror image of life in the entire country? Tsipi Reibenbach left the city of Lydda/Lod in 1977, a war widow and mother to a little girl, and now returns to shoot a film about a city where Jews, Muslims and Christians live in a plethora of sounds and colors: the Muezzin’s call, the ringing of the church bells, and the bustling market. However, a violent and hostile urban ruin is now a surrealistic reality as Palestinian terrorism rises and Lydda/Lod, a city with no pity, becomes a microcosm of the conflicts and difficulties throughout Israel.

Festivals and Awards:

Berlinale Forum Selection, 2003; HotDocs Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2003;  DocAviv International Film Festival, Israel,  2003; San Antonio Jewish Film Festival, 2010.

Director: Tsipi Reibenbach

Producer: Tsipi Reibenbach

Cinematographer: Nili Atslan, Ofer Harari, Dani Barnea, Ron Apter, Haim Tabak, Guy Refael

Editor: Stefany Abramovitch, Rivka Yogev

Supporter(s): A production of "the Joint Social Fund" established by NFCT and The Second Television and Radio Authority

Subtitles: English

Film Name in Hebrew: עיר ללא רחמים

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