To Die in Jerusalem

Richmonders for Peace in Israel and Palestine will show the award-winning documentary, To Die in Jerusalem, on Sunday, January 25th at Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 W. Huguenot Rd. The screening will begin at 3:00 pm with a discussion to follow.  Light refreshments will be served.


To_Die_in_Jerusalem To Die in Jerusalem documents one mother’s quest to meet the mother of the suicide bomber who took her daughter’s life and to see what they share—besides grief. “Ever since 17-year-old Rachel Levy . . . was killed five years ago in Jerusalem,” the film makers write, “her mother Avigail has found hardly a moment’s peace. Levy’s killer was Ayat al-Akhras, also 17, a schoolgirl from a Palestinian refugee camp several miles away. The two young women looked unbelievably alike. The impact of the blast that killed them both remains as powerful today as it was the moment of the explosion.” To Die in Jerusalem follows “Avigail Levy’s search for answers,” and along the way traces “the mutual pain suffered by each family” that transcends “their cultural differences and diverse perceptions of death . . . The film’s most revealing moment is in an emotionally- charged meeting between the mothers of the two dead girls.”


Released in 2007 by HBO Documentary Films, To Die in Jerusalem won a Peabody Award, an Emmy for “Best Documentary”, the Jewish Motifs Warsaw Films’ Audience Award for “Best Documentary”, among other awards.  For questions about the film showing, please contact Jim Metz at  For more information about the film, and to see a short trailer visit the film’s website.


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 or (804) 232-1002.