For this week’s REEL Thursdays feature, we bring you Promises, a documentary film that examines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the perspectives of seven children living in the Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Israeli neighborhoods of Jerusalem.
Duration: 106 mins.
The film follows Israeli-American filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg as he meets with seven Palestinian and Israeli children between the ages of nine and thirteen, seeing the Middle East conflict through their eyes. Rather than focus on specific political events, the film gives voice to these children, who, although living only 20 minutes apart, live in completely separate worlds. The most important aspect of the film is that it allows “ordinary” kids to develop natural bonds of affection by simply playing games with each other – bonds which transcend the clutter of prejudices they have heard from their parents.
The film is in English, Arabic, and Hebrew with subtitles and can be viewed on YouTube at the following link:
REEL Thursdays, a new feature on Piece of Mind, aims to share a weekly dose of movies, documentaries, and independent films which deal with a variety of important issues including, but not limited to, human rights, political activism, social justice, non-violent peace movements, and stories of struggle, resistance, and triumph in an otherwise oppressive world.