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The Garden of Eden Gan Eden

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Country Israel
Year 2012
Running Time 73 MIN
Language Hebrew, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese
Subtitles English
Director Ran Tal

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“An increasingly rare meditation on the possibility of co-existence," (Ha’aretz) Winner of the best documentary prize at the 2012 Jerusalem Film Festival, The Garden of Eden follows a year in the life of Gan HaShlosha (better known as the “Sakhne”) one of the largest and most visited parks in Israel, and reveals the interaction among the diverse cross-section of Jews, Arabs, ultra-Orthodox, and various immigrant groups that swim, bathe, eat and play within this stunning stretch of nature. Filmmaker Ran Tal finds the visual beauty not just of the location, but also of the diverse people—their faces as well as their stories—and compassionately taps into the humour, sadness and dreams of this collective portrait.

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