Over a period of nearly two decades, Nissim Mossek filmed two families living on Haladiya Street in the Moslem Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City. The dark red blood stains on the cobble stones of tense street still bear silent witness to the violence that has occurred here. And more than once.
This is a human, touching and painful film whose power lies in the direct, straightforward manner with which the director has treated a complex story. The family of Abu Bassam, long-time Moslem residents and the family of Danny Robbins, Jewish settlers, live close to each and their lives reflect the events that have occurred on Haladiya Street.
Is it possible for two men and their families to live together on Haladiya Street, given the street's history and the background of conflict, murder, and hate? Filmed over 18 years, the Shalom Abu Bassem film is a rare opportunity to see how the lives of Jewish and Moslem residents have intertwined on an unforgettable street in the Moslem Section of the Old City. With the pathos of real people, living under extremely difficult conditions, the film Shalom Abu Bassem will make you more aware of the complexity of the conflict between the two peoples. Shalom Abu Bassem will touch your mind. And your heart!