This fascinating series of seven half hour documentaries, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, focuses on the daily lives, hopes, dreams and fears of Israeli and Arab children who live in and around the holy city of Jerusalem. Aged 9 through 13, each child has his/her unique life. Although they all live in close geographic proximity to one another, their lifestyles are light years apart. The children narrate the films themselves, which makes the series all the more compelling.
Directed by Academy Award-winning director Beverly Shaffer.
Eleven -year-old Ibrahim is a resident of Wadi Joz, a neighborhood located in Least Jerusalem. Completely fluent in Arabic, English and Hebrew, he is not quite sure whether to describe himself as an ´´Arab, Palestinian Israeli,´´ and ´´Israeli Arab Palestinian,´´ but finally settles on the description ´´Palestinian Arab Israeli.´´ A student at the International Anglican School in West Jerusalem, Ibrahim blends his modern-day activities such as soccer and Nintendo with respect for the traditional ways of his grandfather in the Galilee and his former nanny who now resides in the Old City of Jerusalem.
23 min., #283, Color, $29.95