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Promises

Timely and informative, this 2001 documentary profiles Israeli and Palestinian children living in and around Jerusalem, near one another but worlds apart. Filmmakers Carlos Bolado, Justine Shapiro, and B.Z. Goldberg shot much of their footage between 1997 and 2000, before the second intifada, and like eager mediators they travel back and forth, from Arab East Jerusalem to Jewish West Jerusalem, from the Western Wall to a Palestinian refugee camp. Goldberg, an American who spent his childhood in Israel, solicits a wide range of views from the children he questions, yet they mostly adhere to their elders' opinions. Toward the end a pair of Israeli twins meet up with a Palestinian boy who shares their passion for soccer; their brief friendship makes reconciliation seem possible, yet an ambivalent coda pins any hopes for peace on the generation to follow. In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles. 102 min.

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