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!
$180. for the
set of seven CHILDREN OF JERUSALEM
Twelve-year-old Asya is a recent Jewish
immigrant from Russia, who now resides in the Western part of the city. When shes
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
30 min., #281, Color, DVD, $29.95
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.
25 min., #282, Color, DVD, $29.95
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, DVD, $29.95
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.
29 min., #284, Color, DVD, $29.95
A resident of West Jerusalem, ten -year-old Tamar has a
very busy life. When shes 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.
28 min., #285, Color, DVD, $29.95
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 uncles 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.
min., #286, Color, DVD, $29.95
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
26 min., #287, Color, DVD, $29.95
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