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One Day After Peace


Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? As someone who experienced both conflicts firsthand, Robi Damelin wonders about this. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee’s efforts in overcoming years of enmity. Robi’s thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible.


  • Urban Times London
    Peace may be difficult to imagine, but this brave and inspiring film puts the process in a global, historical context that helps us glimpse what might be possible…
    This film is jam-packed with raw emotion and complex geopolitical issues … a powerful and moving testament to a woman's courage and the potential for healing in one of the world's most intractable conflict zones…
  • The Jewish Week
    The great strength of "One Day After Peace" is that neither Robi Damelin nor the filmmakers pretend that those questions have easy or definitive answers. The resulting work is one that nags at the conscience long after the end credits have rolled…
  • Daily Maverick
    Most extraordinary of all, however, is the footage of former Apartheid Law & Order Minister Adriaan Vlok interacting with the families of his victims in South Africa. There's one particular scene where a woman in Soweto unexpectedly recognises Vlok, which will haunt you long after the screening…
  • What's On! Johannesburg
    This powerful and beautifully made film features, among others, APLA military director Letlapa Mphahlele, who ordered the Heidelberg Tavern bombing, Ginn Fourie, the mother of one of the victims and, most powerful of all, an apparently contrite Adriaan Vlok, Apartheid's last Minister of Law and Order…
  • Haaretz
    When did you last cry at a movie? It happened to me two days ago: Three times the tears flowed during one film… Watching Miri and Erez Laufer's documentary "One Day After Peace" on Damelin's journey to the country of her birth, South Africa, is not only emotionally moving; it also reflects sadly on the abyss between Israel and South Africa. Just imagine Ehud Barak kneeling one day in the Jenin refugee camp to wash the feet of a bereaved Palestinian father …
    Gideon Levy
  • DOX Magazine
    After seeing One Day After Peace I reached out my hand to the row behind and took hold of the hand of the old woman sitting behind me. I had realised she was the protagonist of the film and I was moved, and wanted to show it. Robi Damelin squeezes my hand before the light comes back on in the theatre, where a packed audience is giving the film a standing ovation. What is special about Damelin is that she has chosen to reconcile with the Palestinians who killed her son, an Israeli soldier.
    Truls Lie

Festival Participation

  • Movies that Matter Festival , The Netherlands
    The Vera Audience Award
  • A Matter of Act Competition ,The Netherlands
    Special mention Jury Award
  • Endouvers Doc Film Festival, Singapore
    Winner Best Documentary
  • Films For Peace- Windcloak-Media Film Festival, Italy
    First Prize, Feature Film Category
  • Kimera International Film Festival, Italy
    Jury & Audience Award
  • Show me Justice Film Festival, Warrensburg MO USA
    The George and Leah Wilson Jury Award for Feature Film
  • The 11th Paris International. Film Festival on Human Rights, France
    Grand Prix Jury Etudiant
  • Docaviv, Israel
    Best Research Award
  • Israel Academy Award
    Nominated for Best Documentary
  • Auroville Film Festival (Auroville India)
    Jury Award Best Feature

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