Film: PROMISES

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Wednesday, December 10, Richmond Public Library

Richmonders for Peace in Israel and Palestine will show the award-winning documentary, PROMISES, on Wednesday, December 10 at the Main branch of the Richmond Public Library, 101 East Franklin Street. The screening will begin at 6:00 pm with a discussion to follow.  Light refreshments will be served.

The makers of PROMISES describe the film as “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.”

Released in 2001, PROMISES was nominated for Best Documentary Feature by the Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences, and won the Emmy Award for Best Documentary.  Other awards include the Rotterdam International Film Festival Audience Award for Best Film, and the Jerusalem Film Festival Special Festival Award.

For questions about the film showing, please contact Jim Metz at jdjmetz@yahoo.com.  For more information about the film, and to see a short trailer visit the film’s website: http://www.rocoeducational.com/promises.

The film is part of a larger film series co-sponsored by Richmonders for Peace in Israel and Palestine, the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Richmond Friends Meeting, and the Richmond Peace Education Center. The mission of the series is to encourage audience members to see and feel the humanity of both ordinary Palestinians and Israelis.

On March 24 the film series will culminate in Richmond Peace Education Center’s discussion of Sandy Tolan’s book THE LEMON TREE at the Main branch of the Richmond Public Library.

For questions about the overall film series, contact Jim Metz at jdjmetz@yahoo.com or (804) 232-1002.