Another stone in the wall

Moran Ifergan's hour-long documentary Hakir (The Wall) is about a wall unlike any other; the 20 meter high wall which is the last remnant of the Holy Temple of the Jews in Jerusalem, destroyed by the Romans this year 70 AD Like a hundred-year-old pilgrimage site, it has attracted millions upon millions of Jewish visitors – including celebrities such as Bob Dylan, who came here in connection with the son's bar mitzvah ceremony. The wall is also an international tourist attraction with over five million visitors each year – in addition to the political leaders who like to use it as a backdrop for photographs.
None of this information is mentioned in Ifergan's creative documentary. Archeology and celebrities are not what The Wall is about – the film is rather trying to explore how different people can have completely different experiences of the same physical place.

The art of composition. Ifergan uses an unconventional technique to explore deep interpersonal issues: The audio page consists almost entirely of her personal phone calls with her mother and friends – conversations about her ongoing adultery and other family matters. These sound recordings are juxtaposed with pictures of the activities that take place daily at the Wailing Wall. It may be men and women who pray passionately in the sex-segregated sections, or tourists who take selfies; religious who attend the celebration of holidays, and people who place handwritten sheets of paper inside the cavity with requests and wishes for the Almighty – a custom popular even among non-believers.
We never see Ifergan talking on the phone or filming on location, but the editing of the film makes one believe that the phone calls actually take place while she is present. . .

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