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Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers ... See full summary »

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Several Jewish and Palestinian children are followed for three years and put in touch with each other, in this alternative look at the Jewish-Palestinian conflict. The three filmmakers followed a group of seven local children between 1995 and 1998. They all have a totally different background. These seven children tell their own story about growing up in Jerusalem. Through this portrait of their generation, we see how deep rooted and almost insoluble the problems of the Middle East have become. When the protagonists speak out in an epilogue a couple of years later, it becomes apparent that all have lost their childlike innocence. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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$11,138 (USA) (15 March 2002)

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$243,769 (USA) (13 December 2002)
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excellent account of the conflict
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It is a constant sadness that of all the multitudes of reports about the middle east , mostly 30 second news stories, they totally lack any kind of perspective of the true feelings of the people behind the terrorists on both sides.

This documentary is a rare chance to gauge a true account of the views and the emotions of children in the region. It is certainly the most fascinating and informative documentary on the Palestinian/Israeli I have ever seen. It is without sensationalism entirely, which when used is news reports and similar documentaries, de-sensitises us to the magnitude of the events and makes them seem ordinary.

The main emotions I felt in the film were of deep sadness for children who had been let down terribly by their leaders . The final scene, where the children meet and let out their emotions is when you truly feel despair for the children , all of which were intelligent and articulate, but in the end are forced to pick sides by men of ignorance.


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