It's Better to Jump

In Acre, an ancient and historically peaceful city on Israel’s northern coast, children plunge from high cliffs into the Mediterranean as a rite of passage, which the makers of this 2013 documentary turn into a blunt symbol of the city’s troubles (among them accelerated urban development and the growing discord among the Arab populace). A parade of talking heads offer a social history of the region, including a textbook-bland account of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and frivolous debates about hummus. There are some beautiful shots of the city, but this is little more than an expertly produced home movie. Patrick Stewart, Gina Angelone, and Mouna Stewart directed. In English and subtitled Hebrew and Arabic.