ARABIC/HEBREW/ENGLISH spoken (ENGLISH hard subtitles)
(Aired as a PBS P.O.V. special)
What better way to learn about the Middle East conflict than from the
perspective of the children living there? And what better way to
strive for peace by meeting people (in this case other children)
from the \"other side\" and talking to them, trying to get to know
each other and try to understand their side, too.
Plot Summary 1: What is it really like to live in Jerusalem today?
PROMISES offers touching and surprisingly fresh insight into the Middle
East conflict when filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg returns to his hometown to
see what seven children —Palestinian and Israeli — think about war,
peace and just growing up. Living within 20 minutes of each other,
these children are nevertheless locked in separate worlds. Through
candid interviews, the film explores a legacy of distrust and bitterness,
but signs of hope emerge when some of the children dare to cross the
checkpoints to meet one another.
Plot Summary 2: Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for
three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at
the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers followed a group of
seven local children between 1995 and 1998. They all have a totally
different background. These seven children tell their own story about
growing up in Jerusalem. Through this portrait of their generation, we
see how deeprooted and almost insoluble the problems of the Middle East
have become. When the protagonists speak out in an epilogue a couple of
years later, it becomes apparent that all have lost their childlike
Technical Specs (DVD Rip of main film)
Video Codec: XviD
Video Bitrate: ~950 KB/s
Video Resolution: 320x240
Audio Codec: MP3
Audio BitRate: 64 KB/s
Audio Channels: 1 Ch
Framerate: 29.97 FPS
Part Size: 750mb
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An Independent Television Service (ITVS) Co-presentation and
a Television Race Initiative (TRI) selection.