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This Way Up

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PBS Premiere: August 25, 2009


This is a story about a wall — the separations it's meant to enforce, and the unintended ones it gives birth to. The security wall being constructed by Israel on the West Bank has divided Palestinian families and communities. It has also isolated the Catholic-run Our Lady of Sorrows nursing home outside of Jerusalem, leaving its feisty residents to face old age in the throes of one of the world's most bitter conflicts. With beautiful imagery, moments of laughter and use of a quietly eccentric older guide, This Way Up examines the social, economic and religious barriers that arise from physical ones.

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TAGS: aging, israel, middle east, palestine

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Film Information

This Way Up (60 min.)

Premiere Date: August 25, 2009

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmaker: Georgi Lazarevski Bio | Interview

Press: Interactive map of the nursing home's location in Jerusalem | Press Release | Interview with the filmmaker


Georgi Lazarevski
Georgi Lazarevski

Critical Acclaim

[S]uperb documentary about the effects of politics on everyday lives...”

— Cynthia Fuchs,
Pop Matters

[A] fascinating little documentary, one that brings an unexpected light on one aspect of the Israel-Palestine conflict...”

— Chuck Tryon,
The Chutry Experiment

This Way Up, like every documentary that comes out of Israel, the West Bank or Gaza, is a Rorschach test that tends to reveal more about the viewer than the subject... however, the film offers a plethora of unexpected insights.”

— Michael Fox,

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