Miklat (the Hebrew word for “shelter” or “asylum”) is an anti-war film that explores the role that bomb shelters play in the security and psyche of ordinary Israelis. Director and photographer Rita Leistner combines hundreds of still photographs and motion portraits with first person narration from dozens of interviews she conducted during three months of fieldwork in Israel. The shelters emerge as symbols of life in Israel and metaphors for the country itself. Miklat is part of an on-going trilogy called Portraitscapes of War in the Levant, about Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Syria, begun in 2006 when Rita photographed the Hezbollah-Israel war.

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