Wrestling Jerusalem


Wrestling Jerusalem

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In a tour-de-force performance, writer-actor Aaron Davidman conjures a host of different characters while seeking answers to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in WRESTLING JERUSALEM. Creatively adapting his acclaimed one-man stage show using only simple props and backdrops, Davidman takes a multidimensional journey into the heart of the Middle East, and the intersection of politics, identity and spiritual yearning. He embodies and gives voice to 17 different characters on all sides of the existential divide--deftly moving between male and female, Jewish and Muslim, Israeli and Arab--modeling what it takes truly to bear witness through the eyes of the other. Challenging long-held beliefs with sharp and unblinking observation, Davidman finds both entrenched isolation and shared humanity in the shifting moral compasses and competing narratives of all his characters. Filmmaker Dylan Kussman moves freely and seamlessly among three locations--a live theater audience, the open expanse of a vast desert, and a small dressing room--exploiting the interplay of theatrical spontaneity, cinematic poetry, and spiritual intimacy. The result is a unique hybrid of stage and cinema that reignites hope for the future of this troubled region.


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Mr. Davidman ends up not far from where he begins - his first line is "It's complicated." But that doesn't mean nothing is gained.

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

The proceedings become so densely packed with history, opinion and firsthand experience that they cry out for a more subdued, straightforward approach.

May 16, 2017 | Full Review…

All the inter-cutting between the barren stage and the barren desert ultimately has a distancing, artificial effect that waters down much of the dramatic potency generated by the shared experience of a live performance.

May 11, 2017 | Full Review…

A unique take on a firebrand topic.

Jun 28, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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