Towards Jerusalem is not about a chronological recording of history or a clear-cut evaluation of the short and conflict-laden history of Israel. It is a snapshot, an instantaneous portrait which seems to
set itself the Marker principle as a leitmotif: ONE NEVER KNOWS WHAT ONE IS FILMING. On the way to Jerusalem it is not only the many different landscapes, the secular and religous buildings which are often invested with several different mythological meanings that reveal themselves, but also very different cultures. (Christa Blümlinger)
The land which Towards Jerusalem presents is indeed one of great vitality, yet it has also been Americanized
far beyond the limits of kitsch, and furthermore is characterized by bitter poverty. The filmmaker lets herself drift and is not determined to have her prejudices confirmed; she decides to simply look around and listen out, regardless of what might happen: Ruth Beckermann´s open eyes are a sign of her love for the world. (Stefan Grissemann)
What became of the dream of a jewish homeland?
On the road from the west towards Jerusalem. A documentary road movie: trucks, gas stations, construction workers, soldiers, Russian refugees, taxi drivers, security guards... Encounters on a mere 40 miles with divers landscapes and individual stories.