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When Israeli soldier Arna Mer-Khamis marries Palestinian Saliba Khamis in the 1950s, she becomes an activist for Palestinian human rights. Moving to Jenin, a city in the Palestinian West Bank, Arna opens a theater center for children. This documentary shows her work from 1989 to 1996, then returns in 2002 after Arna's death to see how the children she mentored turned out. Many of them are dead, having turned to violent militancy after years of frustration with Israeli occupation.

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  • Dec 20, 2014
    To start, this is a documentary about Arna Mer-Khamis who was born Jewish in Galilee and later married a Palestinian man. She would go on to fight for Palestinian rights, using some of the prize money from an Alternate Nobel Peace Prize to fund a theater for the children of the occupied territories. But even as her health faded, her spirit of resistance never did, even going out to protest right after chemotherapy treatments. Later, her legacy would be so complicated that the only place to bury her would be a Kibbutz. And that's where her son Juliano enters the picture as he returns to the former theatre after her death to see what happened to her former pupils. Sadly, none of the news is good, as he arrives just after a blockade has been lifted by Israel but while the fighting still continues. So, as he is on hand to get first hand scenes of the devastation, we also get a sense of how futile an armed struggle is against Israel. In the end, "Arna's Children" evokes and provokes strong emotions, seamlessly weaving together footage shot in different times and places.
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