"The King’s Garden" is a half-hour documentary short that has one foot in the Bible and the other in the “volcanic core” of the Middle East conflict: the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.
In Silwan, the apple of discord is the City of David, an archaeological site where the oldest finds in Jerusalem have been unearthed. Whoever controls the site controls the village; they also control its history.
Through the accounts of Silwan residents, archaeologists, and a child orphaned by the conflict, "The King's Garden" chronicles the uneasy - and often bloody - relationship between archaeology, history and nationalism in present-day Jerusalem.
The King’s Garden was produced with support from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.
Currently in distribution, "The King's Garden" has screened at various festivals, including California's Arab Film Festival, the New Jersey Film Festival, the Show Me Justice Film Festival, the UNSPOKEN Human Rights Film Festival, the LA Femme Film Festival and the Oaxaca Independent Film and Video International Festival.