Dir. Ran Tal (74min, Israel, 2013)
In Hebrew and Arabic with English Subtitles
DC Premiere 

The astounding beauty and serenity of Gan HaShlosha, also known as Sakhne (“hot spring”), serves simultaneously as the backdrop and central character in Ran Tal’s uniquely compelling documentary. One of the most famous and visited parks in Israel – over 400,000 people retreat there annually – Sakhne serves as an informal melting pot, offering respite for Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Christians alike. The documentary masterfully glides between their stories, weaving a richly layered tapestry full of pain, laughter and intrigue that in the end, is representative of nothing short of Israel itself.

Co-Presented by Washington DC Hebraists

Part of the 4th Annual Community Education Day On Israeli Arab Issues. Director Ran Tal in conversation following the screenings.


Director Ran Tal was born in 1963 in Israel to a farmer’s family and grew up on Kibbutz Beit Hashita. After finishing his military duty, he studied cinema and television at Tel Aviv University. Tal was creative director at several TV stations and since the mid-90s has been an independent documentary filmmaker whose work deals with the essence of Israeli politics through social and historical phenomenon.

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"It also occasionally manages to distill the beauty of the place, the beauty of the people, the beauty of a single moment which it is smart enough to isolate from the hubbub of the day."
-Nirit Anderman, Haaretz


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