Precious Life

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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 make a concerted, joint effort to save the child's life, putting aside their racial and religious differences in the process, despite the Gaza embargo. Meanwhile, Mohammad's mother, a woman named Raida, both draws scathing criticism from the Gazan community, and alienates others by espousing her sympathy with Palestinian terrorist bombers. This leads Eldar himself - and the audience - into a deep-seated ethical quandary about saving the life of a child who may well grow up to be an extremist, sacrificing his own life to kill others.

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Critic Reviews for Precious Life

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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.

    Jan 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • An enthralling experience.

    Sep 11, 2010 | Full Review…
  • It focuses on people trying to make a positive difference in societies dominated by chaos and destruction.

    Sep 10, 2010 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 24, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 19, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5
  • Eye-opening and often devastating, this documentary challenges audiences to confront and question their own biases and assumptions.

    Jul 19, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Fascinating and moving documentary about a Palestinian baby in need of a life-saving operation, whose only hope lies in an expensive treatment in an Israeli hospital. Starts as a heartwarming tale of enemies setting aside their differences to save a life, and becomes something infinitely more complex, as the Jewish filmmaker realizes the mother's desire for her son to become a martyr - to die for the Muslim cause to retake Jerusalem. A powerful and insightful real life drama.

Matthew Lucas
Matthew Lucas

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