Promises presents a powerful portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children living in and around Jerusalem. As a filmmaker BZ Goldberg, who was raised in Israel, the notes do not live more than 20 minutes of each other, but each of them grow in very different worlds. Children are Mahmoud, Shlomo, Sanabel, Faraj, Moishe, and twins Yarko and Daniel.
With the exception of the latter, all are religious (the twins are the grandchildren of a Holocaust survivor). Most have strong political convictions and have seen their share of tragedy – Faraj friend was killed in front of him, but when the film makes clear, are also children.
They like to watch TV, burping contests, and compete in sports (Faraj is a broker, Daniel Yarko and volleyball). The promises are not intended to explain, but let the children speak for themselves. The results are funny, sad, and ultimately quite profound.