PURE NONFICTION Ep. 41: Danae Elon on P.S. Jerusalem
The director on documenting the city’s tensions and what they mean to her family
Danae Elon’s latest film P.S. Jerusalem is a first person account of moving back to the city of her childhood after living abroad for 17 years. A key presence in the film is her late father Amos Elon who was a widely read author of books and essays on Israel. Before his death in 2009, he had become so disillusioned with the country that he moved to Italy and cautioned Danae not to move back. But she couldn’t resist the pull. She moves with her husband Philip and their three sons, documenting the city’s tensions and what it means to her family.
Her previous films Partly Private (about circumcision) and Another Road Home (about her childhood caregiver) also feature her family. In this interview with Pure Nonfiction host Thom Powers, Elon reflects on her complicated relationship with Jerusalem and the challenges of having her family as subjects.
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