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"... deeply humanistic insight into the complexities of the Middle East conflict that political analysis or news coverage often lacks.... This well crafted film surprises with an exhaustive background, a nonpartisan position, a personal, affecting focus and a wrenching sense of stolen innocence."
- Best Documentary, News and Documentary Emmy Awards
- Best Background Informational Documentary, News and Documentary Emmy Awards
- Best Documentary Feature Nomination, Academy Awards
- Golden Gate Award, Bay Area Documentary Winner, San Francisco International Film Festival
- Golden Gate Award, Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature, San Francisco International Film Festival
- People's Choice Award and Diversity and Spirit Award, Vancouver International Film Festival
- Audience Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival
- Freedom of Expression Award, Munich International Film Festival
- Festival Award, Jerusalem International Film Festival
- Ecumenical Jury Award, Locarno International Film Festival
- Best Documentary, Hamptons International Film Festival
- First Prize Documentary, Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain
- Best Documentary and Audience Award, Mostra Internacional de Cinema, Sao Paulo International Film Festival
by Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg, and Carlos Bolado
Promises is a compelling and at times humorous look at the Middle East conflict through the eyes of seven children growing up in Jerusalem, living in separate worlds only 20 minutes apart. The film explores the lines that divide Palestinian and Israeli children, and shows what happens when a few dare to cross over and meet their neighbors.
Co-presentation with P.O.V.
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