The Woodstock Film Festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary this October with a special kick-off event featuring the world premiere of Erez Miller and Henrique Cymerman’s feature documentary, “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem.” Miller and two of the film’s subjects, Israeli musician David Broza and American musician/producer Steve Earle, will attend the premiere and partake in both a post-screening Q&A and an acoustic concert featuring songs from the film.
Chronicling the making of Broza’s titular album, “East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem” explores the diverse inspirations and sounds of the eclectic musician as he fuses together Israeli, Palestinian and American musical influences. At a time when Israel and Palestine seem as hopelessly divided as ever, the documentary shows how artistry can wrestle with heavy societal themes to inspire personal, soul-stirring music.
“It’s been four years since I started working on the ‘East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem’ project,” says Broza. “It’s hard to describe in one sentence the anticipation and sense of completion coming to this point and letting it all be seen and hopefully having it inspire as much as I have been while in the process.”