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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Moishe Bar Am Moishe Bar Am ... Himself
B.Z. Goldberg B.Z. Goldberg ... Himself
Shlomo Green Shlomo Green ... Himself (as Schlomo)
Sanabel Hassan Sanabel Hassan ... Herself
Faraj Adnan Hassan Husein Faraj Adnan Hassan Husein ... Himself
Mahmoud Mazen Mahmoud Izhiman Mahmoud Mazen Mahmoud Izhiman ... Himself
Daniel Solan Daniel Solan ... Himself
Yarko Solan Yarko Solan ... Himself
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

20 December 2001 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Promesas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,138, 17 March 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$243,769, 15 December 2002
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Promises Film Project See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Give peace a chance
30 January 2003 | by junior-17See all my reviews

7 children, 7 hates, 7 different lives, 7 possibilities, 1 meeting and 1 million chances to peace. "Promises" is a shiny and wonderful documentary about the conflicts between Israel and Palestine showed by children. It's extraordinary to see them talking about the conflicts: they repeat their parents' opinion until the director B.Z. suggests a meeting. Some agree; others no. And the great moment of "Promises" is their meeting, when they're just kids: playing, eating, laughing, talking, crying... That meeting waves to peace. It seems to be the solution adults don't want to see. "Promises" is great, one of the best movies I've ever seen in my whole life. 10/10.


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