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SUKKAH CITY

Screening Details
Tuesday 9/07/2013
Time: 18:45  Code: ד150
Wednesday 10/07/2013
Time: 18:15  Code: ד177
  • Dir.: 
  • Jason Hutt
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  • USA/2013
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  • 67 minutes
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  • English

When author Joshua Foer (Moonwalking With Einstein) began to build his first sukkah, he wanted to move beyond the generic and unimaginative status quo. He discovered that while the bible outlines the basic parameters for a sukkah’s appearance and functions, it leaves plenty of room for variation and interpretation. What if contemporary architects and designers were challenged to design and construct twelve radical sukkahs? What would they come up with? And so was born the design competition and exhibition known as “Sukkah City.” Filmmaker Jason Hutt (Orthodox Stance, JJFF 2007), offers a rare opportunity to track the competition from its very inception: from jury day, as a prestigious group of architects, academics, and critics (including Ron Arad and Michael Arad), debate the merits of the 600 submissions; to the construction, installation, and exhibition of the twelve winning structures, and the response of some of the 200,000 New Yorkers who attended the two-day exhibition.

Not often do we come across a fascinating film that successfully defines the Jewish experience by finding spiritual meaning in contemporary design. “This was a unique and exciting moment in American Jewish life. It’s very infrequent that there’s a public expression of Jewish life other than a Chabad Lubavitch menorah lighting or Salute to Israel parade” (Jason Hutt).

Screening in the presence of the director

Prod., Sc. & Ph.: Jason Hutt
Source: Oxbow Lake Films, NY

   

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