About The Film

This landmark documentary offers a deeply moving portrait of seven Palestinian & Israeli children. With remarkable balance and a compelling blend of pathos and humor, PROMISES moves the conflict out of politics and into the realm of the human.

Israeli-American filmmaker B.Z. Goldberg meets these children in a Palestinian refugee camp, an Israeli settlement, and in East and West Jerusalem. Though these children live only 20 minutes apart, they exist in separate worlds.

PROMISES explores the nature of these boundaries and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors.

Filmed between 1995 and 2000. DVD 102 min. In English, Hebrew & Arabic with English subtitles.

Produced by Promises Films, ITVS with partial funding from CPB and the NEA.


Justine Shapiro (co-Producer/Co-Director)is an Academy Award-nominated, Emmy Award-winning documentary producer & director (Promises and Our Summer in Tehran) and television host. She hosted the travel series GlobeTrekker for 10 years. Her new series, Time Team America, premieres nationally on PBS in summer 2014.

B.Z. Goldberg (co-Producer/Co-Director)
After studying filmmaking at New York University Film School, B.Z. worked as a sound-recordist and producer covering the Palestinian “Intifada” for Reuters TV, the BBC, NBC, CNN and NHK (Japanese TV). After dodging countless rocks, and inhaling much too much tear gas, B.Z. left his TV job to study alternative approaches to conflict and conflict resolution.



There are 2 purchase options, based on your usage of this film.
1. Educational | Institutional  | Community Organizations | Libraries
2. Home DVD | Personal Use Only

If you wish to charge admission, please contact us at info@promisesfilms.com



“Stunning and powerful! Should not be missed. Their acts of camaraderie transcend politics and ethnicity”.
—Howard Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times


Promises is a rarity: an educational resource of the first rank…

Rabbi David Saperstein, Director, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (URJ).

Anyone who thinks they “know what is going on” between Palestinians and Israelis must see this film.

Naomi Shihab Nye is a celebrated Palestinian-American poet