My Neighbourhood

2012, 25 minutes

Mohammed El Koerd is a Palestinian boy who grows up in the Sheikh Jarrah district of East Jerusalem. When his neighbourhood is occupied by Israeli settlers, his family has to give up half of their home to total strangers.

When new Jewish colonists settle in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood waiving a court order, the Palestinians living there are bluntly evicted from their homes. Together with his family and the other inhabitants of the district, eleven-year-old Mohammed organises a peaceful protest. They receive the unexpected support of Israeli citizens who do not agree with the forced evictions. My Neighbourhood is directed and produced by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, who documented Mohammed’s story over a two-year period, and acclaimed filmmaker Julia Bacha. It is the latest production by Just Vision, an award-winning team of Palestinian, Israeli, North and South American filmmakers, journalists and human rights advocates dedicated to telling the stories of Israelis and Palestinians working nonviolently to achieve security, freedom and peace in the region.

The Movies that Matter Festival previously screened the documentaries Budrus and Encounter Point by Julia Bacha.


Activism and human rights defenders, Identity, War and armed conflict
Suitable for
havo/vwo - onderbouw
vmbo b/k - leerjaar 1 & 2
vmbo b/k - leerjaar 3 & 4
vmbo t - leerjaar 1 & 2
vmbo t - leerjaar 3 & 4
Julia Bacha, Rebekah Wingert-Jabi
Country of production
United States, Israel, Palestine
25 minutes
Age rating