News From Home (1989)





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Abandoned by its Palestinian owner in the 1948 war; requisitioned by the Israeli government as vacant; rented to Jewish Algerian immigrants in 1956; purchased by a university professor who undertakes its transformation into a three-story house in 1980... This West Jerusalem building is no longer the microcosm it once was 25 years ago. Its inhabitants dispersed, this common space has disintegrated, but it remains both an emotional and physical center at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian situation. Concrete reality has transformed into scattered stories and memories, and a new identity - a new diaspora - has evolved.
Drama , Special Interest
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New Yorker Films


Critic Reviews for News From Home

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

This is one of the best depictions of the alienation of exile that I know.

Full Review… | October 24, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The stark images tell all.

Full Review… | February 22, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Stylistically, News from Home is a tour-de-force.

Full Review… | January 22, 2010
Movie Metropolis

Half haunted and half enchanted

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

Audience Reviews for News From Home


"News from Home" is an intriguing film made by Chantal Akerman in response to her mother's letters which are read aloud. Instead of replying in words, she replies in images of 1970's New York City to give a sense what her life in the new city is like while reminding those of us living in 2011 what the city of the time looked like. Aside from the occasional job, it would seem to consist of a lot of riding the IRT subway.(Man! Look at all that graffiti.) While Akerman might be in motion, the camera usually remains in place, except for a pan around Times Square Station. And in observing people and places around the city, she dutifully avoids the tourist sites until the final shot, probably from the Staten Island Ferry.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Another simple but brilliant motion picture from Chantal Akerman, NEWS FROM HOME shows us the underbelly of New York City in a series of long, simple shots of streets and subways on a cloudy day while we hear Akerman's voice reading letters from her mother. Haunting and memorable, NEWS FROM HOME is a masterpiece.

Kenneth Starcher
Kenneth Starcher

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