The seven children featured in Promises offer a compelling human portrait of the Israeli & Palestinian conflict. The film draws viewers into the hearts and minds of Jerusalem’s children by giving voice to those captured by the region\'s hatreds as well as those able to transcend them. These seven children are between the ages of 9-13, an age group that rarely has the opportunity to speak for itself. They are less self-conscious and polite than teenagers and adults. They speak directly and without self-censorship and are both true mirrors of their cultures and spokespeople for future generations of Israelis and Palestinians. Promises follows the journey of filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg, an American who grew up in Jerusalem and was a journalist during the intifada, (Palestinian uprising.) Over the course of 4 years, B.Z. and Justine Shapiro , the filmmakers, were welcomed into the daily lives of these seven children and their families.
 

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Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and integrated.

So many of the world`s problems today seem to stem from the Israel/Palestine confrontation. BZ Goldman and Justine Shapiro`s Oscar nominated documentary Promises, presents the psychology of the situation among young people. It takes on seven kids who live within 20 minutes of each other in contemporary Israel - three Arab and four Israeli - two of the Israeli`s are twin boys.... Yarko and Daniel. The seven range from secular Jews to sports loving Arabs like the West Bank-based Faraj who only wants the chance to return to the particular village of his ancestors, from ultra-Orthodox Jews like Schlomo to Mahmoud the Jeruslam-based hardline Arab, or Sanabel whose father, an activist for an independent Palestine has been held in prison in Israel for two years without any charges being laid against him....... The issues are many and varied. The situation in the Middle East seems from this insight to be intractable. Sport is the only thing that seems to engender empathy, religion certainly doesn`t. I don`t know that this documentary sparks hope of a resolution, but it`s well-constructed, moving at times, and really depressingly insightful all through.

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