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Monday Movies: Ink of Yam

Film (Englisch, Hebrew, Arabic with German subtitles) and Discussion (in German)

A Tattoo studio outside Jerusalem’s city walls is the setting for the documentary Ink of Yam, which has its own stories to tell about Jerusalem. A monk with a St. Paul tattoo, an atheist cook from an ultra-orthodox family, and a woman who senses the need for a dragon tattoo after an explosion. They all live in the only city in the world that has produced its own mental disorder – the Jerusalem syndrome. And they all come to Daniel and Poko’s tattoo studio. No matter what happens in front of its doors, the needle carries on buzzing inside.

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Old Building, ground level, Auditorium
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Whoever comes to them gets tattooed regardless of religion or nationality. As the ink penetrates their skin, they tell their stories.

Director Tom Fröhlich lets the people tell their own stories, thus creating an unusual view of a contested city. Ink of Yam was honored as best university film at the 2017 Hessian Film and Cinema Prize.

After the Monday Movie, Cilly Kugelmann, curator of the exhibition Welcome to Jerusalem, will speak to the young filmmaker Tom Fröhlich.

Original Title Ink of Yam
Genre Documentary
Director Tom Fröhlich
Language English, Hebrew, Arabic with German subtitles
Place of publication/year Deutschland 2015/17
Duration 73 minutes

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