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Haredi vs. Secular in Filmmaker's 'Battle for Jerusalem'

“Meeting Jerusalem through people who were so passionate about it, who were really saw something beautiful and special here despite all the challenges — I fell in love. I have to admit,” said Liz Nord of her decision to make her documentary film, “Battle for Jerusalem.”

In the city this summer to continue work on the film, Nord is putting together material not only for a feature documentary, but also for a related website (“Jerusalem Unfiltered”) and a mobile app. While the film will focus on Haredi-secular tensions, and the young artists and activists who are taking a stand against increasing Haredi political and social influence, the other platforms will introduce viewers to a variety of young people doing innovative things in Jerusalem.

“It’s the perfect time to be a documentary filmmaker because there are all these platforms on which to tell a story,” said Nord, whose first documentary film, “Jericho’s Echo: Punk Rock in the Holy Land” was also filmed in Israel.

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