75 min, Israel \ Palestine 2012
Directed and Edited by Tor Ben-Mayor
In the film, Emmy award director, Tor Ben Mayor follows a group of 27 Palestinians and Israelis who meet under the frame of a unique project called "History through the Human Eye" led by Parents Circle-Families Forum - bereaved Palestinian and Israelis for Peace and Reconciliation. The project's goal is to acknowledge the narrative of the other. Together they create the conflict mosaic. Among them include Bereaved families, Orthodox Jews and religious Muslims, settlers, ex soldiers in the Israeli army, ex security prisoners, citizens of the Gaza strip, kibbutz members, second generation holocaust survivors, non violent activists and more. Each and every one holds his own historical truth, and carries with him his own emotional baggage.
They are not trying to convince each other that their narrative is right, nor are they seeking a political solution. They have simply been asked to listen, to clarify the differences between how they grasp reality and how they see the other side. The participants offer us an insight into their inner world; they share their personal experiences along with historical and political interpretation to key events in the conflict: The Nakba, the Holocaust, Occupation, bereavement, suicide bombing, Israeli army, the separation wall etc.
Will the group, in spite of the gaps and the natural tendency to stick to their former views, accept the reality that is reflected in the mirror of their colleagues? The same colleagues who outside are allegedly defined as their enemy?
"We were sleeping at home my mother my brothers and I. My father was dead. We were little. Soldiers broke into the house and tore it apart. They arrested both my brothers. They abused us. They abused my mother because she didn't want them to take their children. They pushed her to the ground and took the children. My mother kept crying. I resented them for making my mother weep for her kids." (Bushra Awwad - Participant)
The dialogue is in three languages: Arabic, Hebrew and English and accompanied by a translation into the three languages.
This film is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and through the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). The contents are the sole responsibility of the Parents Circle - Families Forum and do not necessarily reflect the views of USIP, USAID or the United States Government