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Children of Jerusalem

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.

Each program is $29.95. Buy all seven for $180!!! DVD!

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$180. for the set of seven CHILDREN OF JERUSALEM

 

Asya
Twelve-year-old Asya is a recent Jewish immigrant from Russia, who now resides in the Western part of the city. When she’s not in school, Asya assists a local veterinarian, is a frequent guest on a call-in radio program and takes fencing lessons. She is very happy in her new country and is extremely helpful to her family in making the transition from their old life-style to their new life in Israel.
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ISBN 1-56082-48-1 

30 min., #281, Color, DVD, $29.95 



Gesho
Gesho is one of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews who left Northeast Africa for a new life in the Promised Land during a massive Israeli rescue operation in 1991. Thirteen-year-old Gesho lives in a temporary community for new immigrants on the outskirts of Jerusalem. His older brother Benjamin, who arrived seven years earlier tells Gesho of his hardships and loneliness during those years of separation from the family. But now that he is fully integrated into Israeli society he is able to help Gesho pursue his dream to become a professional soccer player.

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ISBN 1-56082-242-2 

25 min., #282, Color, DVD, $29.95 

 


Ibrahim

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.

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ISBN 1-56082-243-0

23 min., #283, Color, DVD, $29.95 

 


Neveen

Neveen studies hard and dreams of being a doctor. She knows, even at the young age of eleven, that it will take a lot of perseverance and dedication to achieve her goal. Along with her six sibling and her parents, Neveen lives in a small crowded house in the Shuafat Refugee Camp. Erected by the United Nations after the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, Shuafat is one of 28 refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem, originally designed as temporary structures until a political settlement could be reached between the Arabs and Israelis. Neveen looks forward to the day when peace will bring her and her family a better future.

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ISBN 1-56082-244-9 

29 min., #284, Color, DVD, $29.95 

 


Tamar

A resident of West Jerusalem, ten -year-old Tamar has a very busy life. When she’s not in school, you can find her playing the baritone horn in the Jerusalem Youth Orchestra, practicing gymnastics, taking an extracurricular science class or attending a Bnei Akiva (a religious Zionist Youth Organization) activity. Although her life appears very typical for a ten year old - she worries about terrorist attacks when she goes to the market and expresses her anxiety when her father and brothers discuss the dangers of army life. Sirens, jets and security checks all remind us of the special precautions children in Jerusalem must take.

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ISBN 1-56082-245-7
28 min., #285, Color, DVD, $29.95 

 


Yacoub

Nine and a half year-old Yacoub lives in the Christian Quarter of the Old City. He studies French at the Frères LaSalle School and helps out at his uncle’s falafel shop located in the heart of the old city. When Yacoub and his brother play walkie-talkie on the roof o their house, pretending to be on the lookout for Israeli soldiers, their childish game takes on a chilling resonance. Deeply religious, Yacoub takes us to the church of the Holy Sepulchre where he likes to pray, particularly for the welfare of his family as well as for a lasting peace.

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ISBN 1-56082-246-5
27 min., #286, Color, DVD, $29.95 

 


Yehudah

As the holiday of Sukkot approaches, ten-year-old Yehudah helps his family prepare for the festival with contagious joy and excitement. A resident of West Jerusalem, Yehudah is a proud member of the Hassidic community. As he shares his rituals, beliefs and enthusiasm with us, we cannot help but be inspired by the very exceptional youngster.

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ISBN 1-56082-247-3

26 min., #287, Color, DVD, $29.95 

 

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