Directed by Justine Shapiro, Carlos Bolado and B.Z. Goldberg
102 min / USA / 2001
Screens in English, Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles
A beautiful and deeply moving portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children. The film follows the journey of a filmmaker who meets these children in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Although the live only 20 minutes apart, these children exist in completely separate worlds, divided by physical, historical and emotional boundaries. 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. The children of PROMISES offer refreshing, personal and sometimes humorous insight into the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. With remarkable balance and a compelling blend of pathos and humor this award-winning film moves the conflict out of politics and into the realm of the human.
Winner of over 20 awards including an Emmy Award for Best Editor; IFP Spirit Award for Best Documentary; Academy Award-nominee; and official selection of over 30 international film festivals.