Uploaded on May 12, 2010
PROMISES is a stunning and award winning feature documentary by Justin Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg and Carlos Bolado.
I highly recommend watching it.
The story of PROMISES
Jewish filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg returns from America to Jerusalem, where he grew up as a kid, and starts a documentary about seven Jewish and seven Palestinian children, who only live 20 minutes away from each other - but due to the political situation, will never met and get to meet and know each other.
During the documentary, something ground breaking happens:
The children, who first describe the world they live in, defined by separation, war, brutality and death, all of a sudden utter the wish of getting to know "the other kids" ... And so, Palestinian and Jewish children meet each other on one day.
They realize that, although there are many political, historical and social obstacles there, that separate their two nations, there are even more (and more important!) things that connect them.
Reviews and voices on PROMISES:
"PROMISES stops you in your tracks. It reminds you that children are very connected to God. It is deeply touching and disturbing to see how alike all children are and how religion turns them into each others enemies. It is a movie that changes you."
(Mike Nichols, Film Director)
"A project of love and devotion... This small film is a large masterpiece."
(The Jerusalem Post, Israel)
"Impressive, moving and deeply authentic. One of the best films about the Middle East I have ever seen. The rhythm of the editing leaves you at the edge of your chair. If I had my way, the next Middle East peace summit would start with a screening of PROMISES."
(David Grossman, Israeli author: The Yellow Wind; See Under: Love)
"PROMISES provides deeply humanistic insight into the complexities of the Middle East conflict that political analysis or front-line news coverage often lacks. This well crafted film surprises with an exhaustive background, a nonpartisan position, a personal, affecting focus and a wrenching sense of stolen innocence."
(David Rooney, Variety)
"A beautiful, intelligent and achingly personal film, which offers a fresh look at the Middle East crisis through the eyes of its biggest victims—the children of both sides. Chilling insights into both sides, and a humanistic perspective that transcends politics."
(Deirdre English, teacher at the University of California Graduate School of Journalism, author, former editor of Mother Jones Magazine)
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