PROMISES (2001), a documentary film by Justine Shapiro and BZ Goldberg
PROMISES features seven Palestinian & Israeli children. Though they live only 20 minutes apart, these children exist in completely separate worlds. PROMISES tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors. This refreshingly human and sometimes humorous film offers a balanced portrait of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
106 minutes. Arabic, Hebrew & English dialogue w/ English subtitles.
PROMISES is the most widely used media tool in schools and universities teaching the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The educational DVD comes with an 50-page study guide.
Academy Award nominee for "Best Documentary" & winner of two Emmy Awards. Broadcast nationally on PBS; and in over 30 countries.
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Our Summer in Tehran
OUR SUMMER IN TEHRAN (2011), a documentary
film by Justine Shapiro
Jewish-American filmmaker Justine Shapiro takes her 6-year-old son, Mateo, with her to Tehran to spend the summer with 3 Iranian families: a religious family with ties to the Revolutionary Guard; a cosmopolitan, secular family; and a single mom who is an actress. OUR SUMMER IN TEHRAN transports us into the seldom seen realm of middle class family life in Iran, providing an intimate and nuanced portrait, not of a nation, but of its people.
59 minutes. English, Farsi, and French with English subtitles.
Broadcast on PBS and internationally, OUR SUMMER IN TEHRAN is screened in classrooms teaching Middle East studies.
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