One of Gitai’s first documentaries and by no means the last to provoke controversy, it tells the story of a house in West Jerusalem owned by a Palestinian family until 1948, then requisitioned by the Israeli government as ‘vacant’. The old and new inhabitants, the builders and the neighbours are all part of the house’s story, embodying literally and metaphorically the Israeli-Palestinian situation, where ‘home’ is one of the most contested topics, loaded with meanings and emotions. House was one of the pioneering Israeli documentaries to introduce a Palestinian perspective to the conflict, touching upon one of the great taboos – the effects of the 1948 war on the Palestinians. At the time of its release, and despite being produced by Israeli Television, its broadcast was banned. Beautifully shot on 16 mm in black and white and intelligently structured, this cinematic study is an intimate exploration of a region and peoples that all too often are depicted in simplistic terms and without a historical context. This documentary will be screened together with News from Home/News from House, the last in a trilogy which returns to the same house 25 years later.