Ever since 17-year-old Rachel Levy, an Israeli, was killed four years ago in Jerusalem by a Palestinian suicide bomber, her mother Abigail has found hardly a moment's peace. Levy's killer ... See full summary »
Ever since 17-year-old Rachel Levy, an Israeli, was killed four years ago in Jerusalem by a Palestinian suicide bomber, her mother Abigail 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. TO DIE IN JERUSALEM unabashedly explores the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the personal loss of two families. The film's most revealing moment is in an emotionally charged meeting between the mothers of the girls, presenting the most current reflection of the conflict as seen thru their eyes. Written by
This film was an excellent documentary. To me, the film was about spreading awareness and provoking dialogue by allowing the audience to feel the situation from a very personal perspective of both sides of the problem. It is a very difficult task to attempt to portray this issue in an objective light, but what I felt was unique and valuable about this particular documentary is that you truly feel the filmmaker's compassion towards the Palestinian situation, despite the fact that the filmmaker is from Israel, as well as the way she takes you through the turmoil the suicide-bomber's victim's family experiences, like never seen before. Controversially, the film portrays how both sides are victims in this tragic event, and how important it is to recognize this. The film conveys how divided and separate these two nations are, and how little the two sides see eye-to-eye because of this lack of tolerant dialogue between them. The divide is also characterized by power between the oppressed and the non-oppressed, where the former rarely have the power to communicate their situation. Having said this, the film is an example of what I believe our future with regards to this cause needs; empathy from both sides, where power is more equally distributed in the form of expression. This film proves to be an example of the way these barriers should be broken down, where the strength behind the filmmaker's position of being Israeli was used to allow a woman from the Palestinian cause to have a voice, and how the only way we can actually find a path towards peace is to listen. This film truly moved me and allowed me to relate to both sides in ways I have never before. It unravelled the complexities behind the circumstance and how the simplest way to bridge a gap between differences can start through tolerating one another's dialogue, but how this can also be the toughest thing to undergo. I can only hope that this film reaches as many people as possible because it was such an honest account of two very tragic points of views, that was delivered so well in such a unique way, that I hope will bring about empathetic discussions and attention to this issue.
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