Promises [videorecording] / the Promises Film Project presents a film by Justin Shapiro and B.Z. Goldberg and Carlos Bolado ; written, produced & directed by Justine Shapiro and B.Z. Goldberg, Carlos Bolado.
Follows the journey of a filmmaker who travels in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, where he meets seven Palestinian and Israeli children who exist in completely seperate worlds, divided by physical, historical and emotional boundaries. Explores the natural boundaries and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors. Seen through the eyes of the children - who although only living 20-minutes apart - live day-to-day obstacles differently that seperate them deeply.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Arabic, Hebrew and English dialogue, English subtitles.
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Originally released as a documentary in 2001.
Special features: updates of the Israeli and Palestinian children filmed in August 2004; footage for the kid's jouney to the 2002 Academy Awards; deleted sequences; original theatrical trailer.
Cinematographers, Yoram Milli, Ilan Buchbinder ; editor, Carlos Bolando.
DVD, region 1; Dolby Digital.
San Francisco International Film Festival, 2001: Audience Award - Best Documentary Feature (Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg, Carlos Bolado); Golden Gate Award Bay Area Film & Video - Documentary (Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg, Carlos Bolado).
Consensus: A heartbreaking and illuminating look at the Israeli and Palestinian conflict through the eyes of children.
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