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A beautiful and deeply moving portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children. 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. PROMISES explores the nature of these boundaries and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors.


  • The New York Times
    Julie Salamon
  • Los Angeles Times
    "Stunning and Powerful! Should not be missed."
    Howard Rosenberg
  • Mike Nichols
    "Deeply touching...a movie that changes you."
  • The Jerusalem Post
    "A project of love and devotion...a large masterpiece."
  • Entertainment Weekly
  • Miami Herald
    Marta Barber

Festival Participation

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
    Audience Award and Best Film
  • Munich Film Festival
    Freedom of Expression Award
  • Jerusalem Film Festival
    Special Festival Award
  • Locarno International Film Festival
    Special Jury Prize
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
    Audience Award, Best Documentary Grand Prize
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
    Audience Award, Diversity in Spirit Award
  • Hamptons International Film Festival
    Best Documentary
  • Academy Awards
    Best Feature Documentary Nomination

Additional Materials

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