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To Die in Jerusalem

Directed by: Hilla Medalia
75 Minutes, 2007, Documentary

Ever since seventeen-year-old Rachel Levy, an Israeli, was killed years ago in Jerusalem by a Palestinian suicide bomber, her mother Abigail has never found peace. Levy’s killer was Ayat al-Akhras, also seventeen, a schoolgirl from a Palestinian refugee camp several miles away. The two young women looked unbelievably alike. To Die In Jerusalem unabashedly explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the personal loss of two families, culminating in an emotionally charged meeting between the mothers of the girls–reflecting the conflict as seen through their eyes. But some emotional chasms are too large to cross.


Director: Hilla Medalia

Producer: kNow Productions

Producer: Priddy Brothers

Producer: HBO Documentary

Cast: Abigail Levy

Cast: Abu al Akhras

Cast: Um Samir al-Akhras

Written by: Hilla Medalia

Distributor: Dragoman Films

Distributor: Priddy Brothers