In 1973 during the Yok Kippur War, Egypt and Syria launched attacks on Israel. When the war breaks out, Weinraub and his friend Ruso race out to the Golan Heights to join their unit. Chaos reigns everywhere. They cannot find their unit, so decide to join an Air Force emergency first-aid unit. A few days later, a missile shoots down their helicopter over the Golan Heights.
This film traces the months of war through the voices of the children of militiamen. Isis, Tomorrow follows the destiny of the surviving families of the fighters in the complexity of the post-war period, a post-war time of marginalisation and stigma, in which battle blood leaves room for daily revenge and retaliation, for violence as the only response to violence.
Emmy award-winning and Academy award-nominated, PROMISES follows the journey of a filmmaker who meets these children in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Although they live only 20 minutes apart, these children exist in completely separate worlds, divided by physical, historical and emotional boundaries.
The Hebron Hills garbage dump serves the Israeli settlements in the area and is a source of livelihood for 200 Palestinian families from nearby. The violent daily struggle for scraps of metal in the dump distracts from other everyday pains and they keep dreaming about success and education which would extricate them from the trap of the dump.
A woman visiting Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, filmmaker Moran Ifergan is reminded of the religion she left in her late teens, when she used to frequent this holy site. While her marriage falls apart, Moran takes us on an around-the-clock journey to the women’s side of the Wall; mixing between private and public, sound and image, God and His absence.
The film tells the story of how, 30 years ago, the divorce of a woman who went on to become a renowned author, and her husband, an esteemed rabbi, shook the religious city of Bnai Barak and affected the lives of their seven children. It follows a family divided between the two conflicting worlds of the Ultra-Orthodox and the secular. One of the couple’s daughters embarks on a journey among the ghosts of her childhood to try to reunite her fractured family and finally start a family of her own.
Nowhere is the problem more severe than in the Middle East. Under Saddam Hussein, almost 1.5 million Christians lived in Iraq. Today, there are less than 200,000. ISIS have vowed to cleanse the areas they control of Christians and even outside the caliphate, Christians are regarded with suspicion and seen to represent the West.
Modern empires run on oil, and controlling this resource is key to the domination and destruction of potential rivals. This program examines the history of the Middle East and the desire of the United States to control its petroleum resources, through the Iraqi War and allegations of "weapons of Mass-Destruction" which were never found. Part nine of a twelve part series
Thanks to a global shift in fuel consumption, oil has been a weapon in geopolitical disputes for quite some time. Discover how the global economy got to this point and how the developing countries of the Middle East began to play a central role in world economic affairs in the last quarter of the 20th century. Episode 41
Annemarie Jacir's politically charged feature debut is the story of Soraya, a Brooklyn-born woman who travels to Palestine to retrieve her grandfather's savings, frozen in a Jaffa bank account after his 1948 exile. Her status as a dispossessed exile and encounter with contemporary politics provides a rare glimpse in to the Middle East of today.
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