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It's Better to Jump

Drama . Documentary . History

There is a centuries-old seawall in the ancient port of Akka, located on Israel's northern coast. Today, Akka is a modern city inhabited by Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Baha'i, but its history goes all the way back to rule of the Egyptian Pharaohs. Young people dare to stand atop the 40' one-meter thick block structure and risk their fate by jumping into the roiling sea. This perilous tradition has continued for many generations, and has become a rite of passage for the children of Akka. "It's Better to Jump" is about the ancient walled city of Akka as it undergoes harsh economic pressures and vast social change. The film focuses on the aspirations and concerns of the Palestinian inhabitants who call the Old City home.

Actors: N/A
Directors: Gina Angelone , Mouna Stewart , Patrick Alexander St
Country: USA
Release: 2014-01-28
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  • Farran Smith Nehme

    Technically, the film isn’t terribly exciting: talking heads interspersed with shots of young people making their symbolic “leap of faith” from the walls. But the directors have chosen eloquent interviewees, and the passionate attachment they feel for their city gives the film heart.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    This brief film often feels like an extended gripe session instead of something more profound or game-changing.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    The film feels like a work of community advocacy.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    Directors Patrick Alexander Stewart, Gina M. Angelone and Mouna B. Stewart have failed to construct the often emotional personal accounts into a compelling film.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Dennis Harvey

    The three director-producers’ inability to come up with stronger narrative or thematic organization makes “It’s Better to Jump” play like the professionally polished side product of a vacation stay.

    Variety Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Without comments from Akka's Jewish residents or any conflicting voices, the film plays like a propagandistic attempt to reshape historical and contemporary narratives.

    Village Voice Full Review