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In the Land of Pomegranates (2018)

In the Land of Pomegranates (2018)

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In the Land of Pomegranates is a suspenseful, multi-layered documentary about a group of young people who were born into a violent and insidious ongoing war. They are young Palestinians and Israelis invited to Germany to join a retreat called 'Vacation From War' where they live under the same roof and face each other every day. In these highly charged encounters they confront the entrenched myths and grievances that each side has for the other. As they try to gain insight into the seemingly irreconcilable narratives, the paradoxes and contradictions born of legend and history along with passionately held ideals and the daily fight for survival surface. Interwoven into this intense footage, adding context, the film also follows other embattled lives in the Occupied Territories and Israel: a mother and her four children living in the shadow of the wall abutting Gaza; an imprisoned Palestinian and the subsequent path he's taken; an Israeli survivor of a suicide bombing; and a daring Palestinian mother whose son's life is saved by an Israeli doctor. They are all caught in the duality of the pomegranate: will they embrace rebirth and each other's humanity, or will they pull the pin on the grenade?

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Critic Reviews for In the Land of Pomegranates

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

Informative and thought-provoking.

January 5, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This sometimes uplifting, sometimes depressing documentary looks at a unique effort to bridge the divide between Israelis and Palestinians.

January 5, 2018 | Full Review…
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If watching it is frustrating, so is the larger process of seeking understanding, or at least a nonviolent mutual tolerance.

January 4, 2018 | Full Review…
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The film is a jumble, with no sense of meaningful interaction ...

January 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Everyone interviewed in this sobering documentary - Israeli or Palestinian - agrees that something must be done to stop the bloodshed in their land. But even talking about solutions proves problematic.

January 4, 2018 | Full Review…

[Beller's] deep-rooted empathy and compassion is plainly evident in her latest effort, but it's not enough to compensate for the tedium engendered by the meandering debates whose impact ultimately adds up to very little.

January 4, 2018 | Full Review…

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