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Precious Life (2011)

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At once a plea to end human suffering and a ray of hope for Israeli-Palestinian harmony, journalist Shlomi Eldar's documentary Precious Life chronicles the plight of Mohammad Abu Mustafa, a four year old Palestinian boy born without an immune system, who will die in an Israeli hospital if he doesn't obtain a bone marrow transplant within a brief period of time. Not only does Mohammad succeed at getting the treatment he needs, his case manages to pull Israeli and Palestinian doctors together, who

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The engrossing story of a Palestinian infant with a rare and deadly disease who can only be saved by a Jewish doctor in the Tel-Hashomer Hospital in Jerusalem.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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An enthralling experience.

September 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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It focuses on people trying to make a positive difference in societies dominated by chaos and destruction.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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The thematic dimensions of its hostile locale are gripping, but the heart of the film belongs to a little boy. It is his struggle, and not those over borders and ideologies, that emerges as the most crucial.

July 24, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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The issues in this particular conflict are immensely difficult ones, but, despite the film's flaws, this is quite an inspirational story among all the bad news from that part of the world.

July 19, 2011 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Eye-opening and often devastating, this documentary challenges audiences to confront and question their own biases and assumptions.

July 19, 2011 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

The best of man and the worst of man - side by side and face to face ... one of those stories about the human condition that gives us both hope and reason for despair

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Extraordinary...provides a gripping, intimate perspective on the ages-old conflict between Jews and Palestinians... Powerful stuff.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

Precious Life, the story of Mohammad, a Gazan infant who is given life-saving treatment in an Israeli hospital, is full of profound paradoxes.

September 13, 2010 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

Audience Reviews for Precious Life

Beautiful film that provides the strange complications of the Arab Israeli conflict. Israeli doctors fight to raise money for treatment for a young Palestinian boy with an auto immune deficiency. The funding is provided by a person whose son has been killed by a suicide bomber. The mother holds open the possibility that the boy himself may end up as a suicide bomber. Complicated and not easy to comprehend.
January 7, 2011
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