SPECIAL JURY PRIZE Int’l Archeological Films Festival in Nyon, Switzerland
Living with King David is no fun. Just ask the people of Silwan, a Palestinian village just outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. Since the first excavations began in the mid 19th century, archaeologists have come to this picturesque village, spade in hand, hunting for the legendary biblical city of King David. But in the last ten years, this obsession with antiquities risks ruining the lives of the people who live here as a constant threat of demolition hovers over their homes. Is the past more important than the present? Or is there another agenda – something more sinister than an innocent love of history – hidden amongst the stones?
Natasha Dudinski – director, cinematographer and editor. Born in Czechoslovakia, she’s been living in Jerusalem since 1994. She studied languages at Charles University in Prague, international relations at Columbia University in New York and film at the Sam Spiegel Film and TV School in Jerusalem. She produced her first film Vukovar “A City or A Past?” in 1993. Her films and films she has worked on were broadcast on PBS, Czech TV, Israeli TV, ZDF/Arte, and screened at international film festivals around the world, winning a number of awards.