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Same River Twice

Directed by: Effi Weiss, Amir Bornstein, Cyril Bibas
110 Minutes, 2013

In 1869, John McGregor, a Scottish explorer, set out on a journey along the Jordan River from its source to the Sea of Galilea. In the sumer of 2011, Effi and Amir, who have been living in Europe for the past decade, retrace McGregor’s steps. In a rare combination of intimacy and distance, they gradually transform from travel-explorers to explored travelers, as the people they meet along the way unabashedly confront them with questions. The film raises questions of kinship and ownership, and how we see the place through the biographical and ideological veils that have shaped us.