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Holy Zoo

A film by Katharina Waisburd

Synopsis

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.

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  • Credits

    Production

    TM Film

    In Cooperation with

    Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg

    Südwestrundfunk

    MFG Filmförderung

    Mira Film

    Script

    Katharina Waisburd, Denise Neustadt

    Director

    Katharina Waisburd

    Photographer

    Tilman Holzhauer

    Sound & Sounddesign

    Adriana Espinal, Simon Peter

    Original Music

    Jasmin Reuter

    Editing

    Ina Tangermann

    Animation

    Institut für Animation, Visual Effects und digitale Postproduktion

    Producer Animation

    Moritz Mugler2D

    2D Animation Artist

    Janina Putzker, Maïté Schmitt

    Compositing Artist

    Michael Lange

    Color Grading

    Tilman Holzhauer

    Translation

    Maor Waisburd

    Photo

    Katharina Waisburd & Tilman Holzhauer

    Producer, Production manager

    Anna Martensen, TM Film

    Consultative Producer

    Vadim Jendreyko, TM Film

    Producer Filmacademy

    Denise Neustadt

    Associate Producer

    Hercli Bundi

    Supervisor

    Thomas Riedelsheimer

    Commissioning Editor SWR

    Dr. Gudrun Hanke-El Ghomri

  • Technical Details
    FormatDCP
    Duration60 min
    Year2016
    Original LanguageHebrew
    SubtitlesGerman, English
    CountryIsrael
    ISAN0000-0005-E2D5-0000-H-0000-0000-N