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Jerusalem is Proud to Present

Jerusalem is a pretty complicated place. It's understandable. Combine the spiritual heart of three of the world's largest religions in a single locale and you're bound to have turmoil. But add a World Pride event, and you've really got the pot boiling.
October 5, 2007


Jerusalem is a pretty complicated place. It’s understandable. Combine the spiritual heart of three of the world’s largest religions in a single locale and you’re bound to have turmoil. But add a World Pride event, and you’ve really got the pot boiling.

In the summer of 2006, the city hosted a gay themed festival, which culminated in the traditional pride parade that has become such a common sight in other cities around the world. While the plans for the event invigorated the local LGBT community (which has understandably kept a pretty low profile in such a politically charged city), it infuriated others. In keeping with the spirit of ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend,’ the event brought together Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders in combined apoplexy, espousing in a common voice how the parade would defile the holy city.

The film follows several characters as they struggle to make the event a reality, despite threats and intimidation.
Jerusalem is Proud to Present has screened at the Outfest film Festival in LA, where it won Best Feature Award.

Partners: Bador Productions, Yona Productions, Keshet Broadcasting distributed through Cinephil
Aired: March 2007 on Channel 8
Length: 58 or 80 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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