It's Better to Jump | 2013

Documentary, Political
In the ancient walled city of Akka, young people continue the tradition of jumping from the wall into the sea, but economic pressures and social change have given new meaning to the rite.


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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.