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While walking down Jaffa Road, Jerusalem native Ronen Matalon overhears a tour guide offering a sanitized version of his hometown’s recent history. This inspires him to begin taking tourists to famous bombing sites and giving them a droll take on the absurdity of everyday life during the terrorist attacks of the 1990’s and 2000’s. On one of his tours he meets Asia, an ex-Jerusalemite living in Barcelona, and their relationship challenges him to begin healing from the trauma that envelops his emotional life.

Deftly blending romantic comedy with the complexities of modern life (in a style reminiscent of Albert Brooks), Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive is a sensitive and hilarious award-winning debut film from director, writer and star Yossi Atia.

Preceded by the short featurette:
Andrew Feldmar: Portrait of a Therapist
2019 Documentary
Canada, English
Running time: 4 minutes
Director: Asher Penn

Sponsored by: Phil and Diane Switzer, Jeffrey Barnett


Festivals and Awards

  • Winner – Best First Film Award – Jerusalem Film Festival 2019 
  • Winner - Comedy Script Development Award - The New Fund for Cinema and TV 
  • Winner - Pitch Point Award - Jerusalem International Film Festival 
  • Winner - Post Production Services Award - The Post Republic Cine-market
  • Winner - Work in Progress Award - Haifa International Film Festival, 2nd Place

Screening Details

Film Info

DirectorYossi Atia, David Ofek
CastYossi Atia, Lihi Kornowski, Alik Shimonov, Itamar Rose, Taishi Tanaka, Ada Bachar, Ana Sgan-Cohen
Runtime 83 min
LanguageHebrew w/English subtitles