In the “Jerusalem Biblical Zoo,” Israelis and Palestinians, Jews and Muslims encounter each other every day. They meet as visitors or work as animal attendants side-by-side and on the same team – something normal in other places of the world but that is an exception here, where violence and war is routine.
A friendship develops between the elephant and rhinoceros attendants. Their opinions are often contrary and politically charged – but among the animals they manage to coexist as the ever-present tensions retreat into the background. Visitors such as the regular Hyam, the flamingo-drawing art students and Muslim and orthodox Jewish children’s groups offer insight into the multifaceted realities of Jerusalem residents.
But the peaceful mood is fragile. Life in this microcosm transcends the zoo walls, reflecting events in the city. Issues of freedom and self-determination are raised. HOLY ZOO discovers an extraordinary place at the heart of the Middle East conflict.
In Cooperation with
Katharina Waisburd, Denise Neustadt
Sound & Sounddesign
Adriana Espinal, Simon Peter
Institut für Animation, Visual Effects und digitale Postproduktion
2D Animation Artist
Janina Putzker, Maïté Schmitt
Katharina Waisburd & Tilman Holzhauer
Producer, Production manager
Anna Martensen, TM Film
Vadim Jendreyko, TM Film
Commissioning Editor SWR
Dr. Gudrun Hanke-El Ghomri