( USA / 2001 )
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A beautiful and deeply moving portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children. Emmy award-winning and Academy award-nominated, PROMISES follows the journey of a filmmaker who meets these children in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Although they live only 20 minutes apart, these children exist in completely separate worlds, divided by physical, historical and emotional boundaries. PROMISES explores the nature of these boundaries and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors.
Formats: Digital Copy, DVD
Running Time: 102 min.
Theme: Children, Conflicts, Current Affairs, Education, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Personal Story see all »
Language(s): Arabic, English, Hebrew
Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
Director(s): Justine Shapiro see all »
Producer(s): Justine Shapiro, B.Z. Goldberg & see all »
Available regions: Canada, United States


    Julie Salamon, The New York Times
  • "Stunning and Powerful! Should not be missed."
    Howard Rosenberg, Los Angeles Times
  • "Deeply touching...a movie that changes you."
    Mike Nichols
  • "A project of love and devotion...a large masterpiece."
    The Jerusalem Post
  • "SUPERB!"
    Entertainment Weekly
  • "Gripping!"
    Marta Barber, Miami Herald

awards & accolades

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival - Audience Award and Best Film
  • Munich Film Festival - Freedom of Expression Award
  • Jerusalem Film Festival - Special Festival Award
  • Locarno International Film Festival - Special Jury Prize
  • San Francisco International Film Festival - Audience Award, Best Documentary Grand Prize
  • Vancouver International Film Festival - Audience Award, Diversity in Spirit Award
  • Hamptons International Film Festival - Best Documentary
  • Academy Awards - Best Feature Documentary Nomination

Festival participation

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Munich Film Festival
  • Jerusalem Film Festival
  • Locarno International Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Hamptons International Film Festival
  • Academy Awards

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Distribution Company: ro*co educational


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