It's Better to Jump | 2013
As the ancient walled city of Akka undergoes harsh economic pressures, vast social change and on-going problems among its Arab populace, Arab families feel compelled to leave their homeland where they have been dozens of generations and shaped a rich culture for over a thousand years. Atop a forty-foot, centuries-old seawall in this ancient port city, young people dare to stand along the one-meter thick structure and risk their fate by jumping into the roiling waters below. This perilous tradition has continued for many generations and has become a rite of passage for the children of Akka. Within their current dilemma, jumping from the ancient seawall becomes not only an expression of extreme exhilaration, but also a matter of self-determination.