Promises

2001, Documentary, 1h 46m

47 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings

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A heartbreaking and illuminating look at the Israeli and Palestinian conflict through the eyes of children. Read critic reviews

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Rather than focusing on political events, the seven children featured in "Promises" offer a compelling human portrait of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. The film draws viewers into the hearts and minds of Jerusalem's children by giving voice to those captured by the region's hatreds as well as those able to transcend them. Audiences will engage with Palestinian and Israeli kids, coming to know them as multi-dimensional people, not as stereotypes perpetuated by the mainstream media.

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  • May 19, 2012
    By the end, the children are fleshed out and endearingly likable, and their opinions are eye-opening and well realized by the filmmakers. Unfortunately, Promises is undone by a bloated running time and a over-dependence on dull interviews and voiceovers.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2011
    Emotional documentary about the innocence of youth in national feuds. Powerful and informative. 97/100
    Simeon D Super Reviewer

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