1 2023

40 Steps

1:00PM - 2:30PM  

The New Vic Theatre 33 West Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-5400

Israel – 78 mins – Documentary

In the southern region of Tel Aviv, the municipality has founded a new elementary school called "My Neighborhood," which will bring together students from diverse backgrounds, including refugees' children. In an outrageous move, they have cleared half of the buildings associated with the longstanding religious school “Roots” to make room for the new school. The two school principals, Shachar Feinshtein and Elior Tourgeman, have been tasked with managing this partnership, which involves bringing together non-Jewish refugee children and Orthodox children at a 40 steps distance from one another, all while navigating the challenges of a neighborhood torn apart by gentrification, secularization, and calls to expel refugees.

Sponsor: The Israel Committee of Santa Barbara