STREET SHADOWS aka. LO RECHOV VELO NA’ALAIM
David Fisher has known Nave Sha’anan, a small street near the old bus terminal in southern Tel Aviv, since he was a child. Back then, his grandmother would take him to the lively shopping street, often called "Shoe Street" because of the many shoe stores. It has seen many changes since then, not all of them welcomed by longtime residents. Renowned documentary filmmaker Fisher returns and encounters aging businessmen like shoe salesman Ephraim and jeweler Tomas. Business is slow, people haggle halfheartedly about a few shekels, customers have long gone elsewhere. And some people no longer feel safe in the neighborhood now populated mostly by immigrants from Eritrea and Sudan. Yet it was built up by refugees, by about 400 Jewish families who had to flee Jaffa from the Arabs in 1921 and wanted to create a "peaceful oasis" here. Old Fishke talks about the plan designed by his grandfather Josef Tischler, who laid out the streets in the form of the menorah long before it became the symbol of the state of Israel. Fisher's grandmother was also a survivor who came to Israel from Ukraine. Over time, Jews from Persia followed, then Romanians and Filipinos, today refugees from Eritrea and Sudan. Fisher's film reminds us that the little street in southern Tel Aviv has always been a place of refuge for people who have lost their homes.
German premiere, director: David Fisher, IL 2015, 50 min., Hebrew/English subtitles